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Anyone who argues that video games are filled with senseless violence and lack of genuine emotion simply hasn’t spent enough time playing video games. In fact, they should get more time with controllers on their hands to know that many games are built with heartfelt love stories at their core. Some are cute and romantic, while others are doomed from the beginning in the tradition of Greek tragedy. Either way, the video game romances we listed here are all epic in their own ways.
Read on and enjoy the power of animated love.

Mario and Princess Peach – Nintendo
Ever since ‘Super Mario Bros.’ was published in 1985,  the titular Italian plumber has been trying to rescue and protect Princess Peach from repeated attacks by arch-villain. Bowser is a fire-breathing turtle determined to come between their happiness. The romantic relationship between Mario and the princess of Mushroom Kingdom has been a key content of nearly all versions of the ‘Mario’ spin-off games to date.

You’ve got to respect Mario’s continued devotion and sacrifice, especially since he knows that Peach is destined to be a victim of endless  kidnapping for the rest of her life (or until the franchise decided to end the series). If that’s not love and romance, we don’t know what is.

Master Chief and Cortana
Master Chief and his AI Cortana don’t actually have a traditional romance, but their chemistry is undeniable. They has gone to great lengths to protect each other and their love story blossoms in ‘Halo 4’ when Cortana sacrifices her life to save Master Chief from the destruction of the Didact’s ship.

In a weird way, Cortana’s “death” teaches Master Chief a lesson about keeping one’s humanity during war. And when he grieves the death of his holographic companion, we’re right there with him.