Our second episode in the Tiebreakers series is provided by quibbling lovers John and Sarah– real readers, fake names. (See part I here.) Here’s the evidence:
Not much to say really. The photo speaks for itself:
One minute I was playing Halo with all of my friends, and the next minute, I saw my lovely wife holding the game CD, which she then separated into two pieces.
What’s the next step for us? Is there a way we can mend our differences (and my game CD), or are some things just too broken to fix?
Signed- a Three Star Colonel in the human struggle against imminent alien invasion,
Here are the facts:
Fact: I am a really nice wife who doesn’t really mind when my husband plays halo with his buddies.
Fact: My husband was playing halo for the 6th night that week.
Fact: It was late at night on a work night.
Fact: We live in a studio apartment
Fact: We had both agreed he would only play for 1 hour.
Fact: He went over that time limit.
Fact: I broke his halo game in half to stop him from playing – the replacement cost of breaking the TV & the xBox was too much so the only logical thing to do was break the game.
My husband thinks it was crazy thing for me to do, but under the circumstances it was the only logical thing to do. Who’s the crazy one
Signed, [and perfectly sane] Sarah Connor
Saith the Learned Panel:
Ryan: John’s feelings are important. And so are his alien-slaughtering responsibilities (that often tends to get overlooked in these sorts of disputes). But a wife has needs too. Extra points for the strong move- Sarah wins me over with her chutzpah.
Macy: I come at this with sort of a bias because video games drive me nuts. Did she go a little far? Maybe. But I can see myself doing the same thing if a rule like this was broken. A good move from a spunky wife.
Davis: I’m with Sarah on this one. He plays Halo? Break the game. He looks at another woman? Scoop his eyes out with a hot spoon. Cleave together, or beat him with a meat cleaver.
Melissa: I’m with Sarah. When you’re dealing with an addict, extreme measures are called for.
Christian: Breaking the game was a crazy thing to do, but also a sassy Mo’Nique thing to do, and sometimes we clueless men need a little crazy to snap us back into the world. Sounds like John was consistently breaking the rule, so maybe he had the game breaking coming.
Rebecca: I’m torn because I think her anger was totally justified. However, I do think breaking the game was a little much. Perhaps rendering it useless by scratching it after he went to bed that night would have better served the purpose.
The Verdict: Hard to tell. Every one of the panelists, except for Melissa, is at least a little ambivalent, but if you hold a gun to their heads (preferably the Halo 3 Plasma Pistol) it looks like five in favor of Sarah Connor, one in favor of John McClane.* Yippee-kay-yay. John.
*We’re assuming Davis is being sarcastic.
Alright, now let’s let the mob decide. What do you guys think?