When graphic designer and 2D/3D artist, Anders Howard, 24, wanted to propose to his girlfriend Steffany, 25, he wanted to do it in the most interesting way he could imagine. The couple had been dating for 5 years and originally met in their High School drama club but didn’t start dating until a few years later. As a video game lover and one capable of developing his own games he knew exactly what he was going to do to ask her to be his wife.
Along with a few of his friends (Jeff Aydelotte the programmer, Thomas Bennett Jobling the animator, Ian Buczkowski the musician and Justin Fong the rigger) he built Dinner Love and the Quest for Soup! – A Marriage Proposal Game.
The game begins with an extra-large Steffany trampling around San Francisco looking to increase her “Happiness” meter by filling up on food items (like cheeseburgers and cupcakes) but watch out for Hungraa the hobo looking to steal your food. In short order Mr. Hungraa has a change of heart and hands over a jewelry box to her.
Anders had his girlfriend play the game as a “tester” in front of a bunch of family and friends at her 25th birthday party. As she reached the end of the game, a box which held an engagement ring appeared on screen, and unbeknownst to her, he too pulled out an actual ring and proposed to her in front of all their loved ones. She of course said yes!