The Two-Player Experience

By Hana Khalyleh - Feb. 26, 2015

Phoenix Gaymers co-chair Shane Blissett said his favorite games are generally from the fighting genre and high action titles like the Call of Duty series, while Brandon Cooper is more of a nostalgia junkie and prefers the classic Super Nintendo games. They both find common ground in the Super Smash Bros. series, which makes for a competitively fun time.

Phoenix Gaymers co-chair Shane Blissett (left) and Brandon Cooper were engaged Jan. 17, 2015. Photo courtesy of the Phoenix Gaymers.

After more than a year of talking on a dating site. Cooper and Blissett started dating when they met in October 2014, It was around then that Cooper started a more active engagement in the Phoenix Gaymers, a meetup group that encourages social interaction within the gay gamer community. Since then, he said, he has been able to find new connections in the gaming community, developing friendships from the Gaymers that he wishes were there when he was growing up.

“I started coming out when I was 17,” Cooper said. “If I had had someone else to relate to, someone who had that common ground in gaming with me growing up, things would have been much easier for me.”

During their first monthly gaming party of the new year, Jan. 17, Carly Rae Jepsen’s “Call Me Maybe” started blasting on a radio carried by a member and the Gaymers were urged to follow him outside.

Waiting there was Blissett, a few personal friends and six members of the Phoenix Gaymers who then launched into a flash mob-style performance to “Marry You” by Bruno Mars’s. Then Blissett turned to Cooper, got down on one knee and popped the question

“It was an instant ‘yes,’” Cooper said. “It doesn’t feel like I’ve only known him a short time … It feels like I’ve found the right one.”

The couple’s wedding is set for April 13 and there’s sure to be more than a few Phoenix Gaymers in the audience. (Read more about the Phoenix Gaymers in "Multiplayer Action Meets the Real World.")

Photo by Margo Amala on Unsplash

The Best Cannabis Edibles for 2023

Disclaimer: Please note there are affiliate links and at no additional cost to you, we may earn a commission if you make a purchase.

I think we’ve all been there back in the day when we smoked our first joint, and then some, (sorry mom)–hacking, coughing, and choking on the herbaceous weed. Nowadays, there are several products on the market that produces the same effects but without a sore throat like the popular cannabis edibles.

Keep reading Show less
a person holding a padlock in front of a window

As an LGBTQ+ patient, you should be able to expect the same high-quality care provided to all patients. Unfortunately, this doesn’t necessarily always prove to be the case. There remains a notoriously significant disparity in healthcare outcomes for LGBTQ+ patients, often related to issues with discrimination among providers.

Even when you find a good physician, this doesn’t mean that everyone interacting with your healthcare information will be as respectful or responsible. It is, therefore, important to be vigilant about how your data is handled. You have a right to privacy just as you have an expectation of fair treatment.

Keep reading Show less

National Margarita Day

A lot of us have really picked up an interest in tequila and it's no wonder. Its popularity is soaring in the U.S. and doesn't look like it'll be slowing down any time soon. The only contender would probably be whiskey. Meh, but they have their own day. Now, it's National Margarita Day and we put together some of the best margarita recipes around so you can pick one or maybe even all of them to try.

We have a few surprises in there too. Maybe it's not all about tequila but it certainly has a theme going on. Take a look at some of these great tequila brands and start making some amazing margaritas today!

Keep reading Show less