Asking somebody to marry you can be tricky business, because there are so many variables to consider: How much do you spend on the ring? Do you pop the question on one knee, or do you try something more creative? If you go the creative route, do you make it a spectacle, or something intimate and cute? And of course, is she going to say yes?
People have gotten creative with their proposals over the years, and one game developer decided to go the creative route with his girlfriend (spoiler alert: now his fiance) by proposing via a one-of-a-kind video game.
This story is making the rounds again via a GIF on Reddit, but it originally went down in May 2015, when game developer Austin Piech of Covington, Kentucky asked his girlfriend Lauren Woodrick to test a game he was working on, a game called Lolo’s Bizarre Adventure that Piech told Buzzfeed he spent about 100 hours working on.
The side-scroller has levels based on the couple’s relationship, like a level based on a beer and goat festival in Cincinnati when they first swapped phone numbers, a level about their first date at a local pizza place, a level based on their first roadtrip to Piech’s Indiana hometown, and others.
Perhaps the most touching part comes at the end, when Piech acknowledges in the game that his family previously set high proposal expectations to live up to: The final level features a mariachi band playing a song called “Nosotros,” virtually mirroring how his own grandfather proposed to his grandmother over 60 years ago.
It’s a very sweet story that reminds us to be thankful for the trouble our loved ones go through to make moments like these special, so read more about it via Buzzfeed, ABC News, and Piech’s own Imgur gallery.
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