Last weekend I had dinner at Watami, a causal Japanese restaurant known for cheap eats. Since the prices are low Watami tends to attract a younger crowd who doesn’t mind waiting for each dish to individually come out. Between chomping on tiny plates of sashimi there is a lot of downtime.
I sat down with my friends and noticed the table directly in front of me was a young couple huddled over a pink Nintendo DS. The tables are pretty tightly packed so I peeked over and noticed them entranced in a game of Cooking Mama. That night they weren’t the only table having a DS dinner date. During the time it took to order and eat five plates of food, two other couples in sight were focused on their DSes more than food. A phenomininon? Maybe!
I’m not about to turn Siliconera into a dating advice blog, but I imagine bonding over a portable game is a great icebreaker. Instead of asking asinine questions you can interact via a wireless game of Mario Kart. Or if you’re bold you can bring a single DS to share which would require two people sitting close to each other…
So, have any Siliconeraers played games on a date? Used their handheld console as an icebreaker? Are planning to experiment with this over the weekend? Bonne chance if you are in the latter category!