"So what does 'up, down, up, down, left, right, left, right, b, a, start,' mean to you?"
"Uhhh...is it that dancing game?"
I was crushed. She was unfamiliar with the greatest video game code in existence. This will not do. This button sequence was like gold when I was young. This was the days before the internet where everyone thought it was their own little secret. Sharing the knowledge was like becoming a Mason. You could hear angels in the background chanting about your unique and special talents at Contra, one of the greatest video games for the NES.
I asked a friend if that should be a deal breaker. His response:
"I started dating xxxx because she said that Big Trouble in Little China was her favorite movie of all time. In retrospect, that's a horrible foundation to a relationship. Yes, she could quote the final lines of Blade Runner... but she was also quite psychotic."
That's sound advice. I'll let geek culture knowledge slide for the sake of my sanity.
Ladies, if you want to keep a 28-37 year old guy around a long time learn the Contra code. They'll marry you within six months. Then again said guy may have had...you know...a life when they were younger.
"So yeah, if she doesn't get NES references... do yourself a favor and never introduce her to your friends." - Alec