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Couple co-op games to play during the pandemic

Loving from a distance

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It goes without saying that the pandemic has drastically altered our lives. And, for the lucky few who’ve found love amidst the global chaos or barely kept their love life while apart, playing games has become one of the best past time in quarantine.

Below are cooperative games you can play with your partners or friends. We’re open to all forms of love here. Also, note that this list won’t include classic multiplayer games like Minecraft, Stardew Valley, and Animal Crossing: New Horizons because I’m assuming you and your partner or friends have already played these for an ungodly number of hours. Which, by the way if you haven’t, I recommend you start there.

Not included on this list are multiplayer online battle arenas(mobas) since that’s a whole genre of it’s own. And, I’m sick and tired of blatant sexting and flirting on moba team chats. Get your lives together or stay alone, yeah?

It Takes Two

Steam, PlayStation, Xbox, & PC

It Takes Two is a cooperative action-adventure platformer with gripping stories and game mechanics. You play as arguing parents at wit’s end stuck in doll form. The doll form bit is due to your daughter’s attempt to cope with her parents’ eventual split. Speaking of splits, it’s a split-screen multiplayer that allows you to play locally or online. The game mechanics and design are witty and eloquent–drawing you into the characters’ stories.

It Takes Two is a good game to play with your partner to see how well you work through obstacles together–in more ways than one. It Takes Two was developed by Hazelight Studios and published by Electronic Arts under the EA Originals labels.

Heave Ho!

Steam, Nintendo Switch, & GOG

Heave Ho! is a multiplayer co-op platformer where you and your partner or friends get through tough puzzles using your wobbly and dangly limbs. Grab on to each other’s hands, climb across dangling bodies, and swing your way into safety.

Heave Ho! forces you to work together by throwing the other, climbing over, and using our partner to get to the other side. It’s a quirky simple yet challenging game that have left players screaming desperate for hand grabbing. Heave Ho! was developed by Le Cartel Studio and published by Devolver Digital.

Overcooked! 2

Steam, Nintendo Switch, PlayStation, Xbox, GOG

Overcooked! 2 is a cooperative cooking simulation video game. It’s the sequel to Overcooked! which had the same game mechanics just without the new and improved stages, mechanics, and features. Overcooked! 2 will make it necessary to yell at each other–which doesn’t have to be a bad thing. You work together as a team to prep, cook, and serve.

It’s the perfect game to play to break the ice, work together, laugh, and panic. Test your relationship, strengthen it, or break up over a silly game. Overcooked! 2 was developed by Team17 alongside Ghost Town Games and published by Team17.

Valheim

Steam

Do two burly Vikings braving the elements sound like a romantic way to spend the night with your partner? No, of course not, but you’ll get hours of entertainment riding together with your nordic allies. Valheim is an explorative survival game. Build yourself a little home, roam the giant wilderness for resources, and hunt some trolls. If Minecraft doesn’t hit the same way anymore, this will probably fill that gap. But make sure you’re playing together, microphone on, and you’ll get lost in purgatory.

Valheim was developed by Iron Gate AB and developed by Coffee Stain Publishing.

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This stimulating ring is divine, I can’t imagine date nights without it

Who would’ve thought date nights can be sexier and spicier?

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The following is intended for readers 18+

Cock rings have come a long way: from plastic and metal bands to rubber silicones that vibrate. Now, there’s a cock ring that elevates one’s game. And It’s definitely not the same vibrating, stimulating ring we’ve known.

Meet the We-Vibe Bond, setting out to be a revolutionary cock ring that you can wear outside the bedroom.

But wait, how is it revolutionary?

Vibrating cock rings have been in the market for as long as I can remember. The very first one I’ve owned was a Satisfyer Royal One, which I bought using a coupon from Lauvette — a local adult shop — gifted to me by my confidante on my 25th birthday.

The SF Royal One is different for obvious reasons. First, it’s worn when you’re playing with yourself or when you’re having sex with someone like any other cock ring, vibrating or not. Second, you can’t wear it discreetly since it’s extremely tight when worn around an erect penis.

Meanwhile, the We-Vibe Bond is a wearable ring that you can wear underneath your pants. It wouldn’t hurt your gigglestick and no one would notice you’re wearing one.

Luckily, the restrictions started easing up when the We-Vibe Bond arrived. I started responding to suitors wanting to take me out on a date simply because I missed dressing up and having actual conversations. Also, I’m eager to test the newest cock ring out in the open.

Worn like a ring

Let’s discuss the specifics first. Right off the bat, you’ll know the We-Vibe Bond is a cock ring. Except it’s curved and looks more oval than round.

This is because the ring is meant to be worn around your penis without creating a bulge that would warrant attention. So as not to arouse any suspicions that you’re having discreet vibrations underneath. And also, the shape aims to stimulate both the penis, your testicles, and the perineum.

The silicone felt soft to the skin. It’s comfortable, but the material used attracts lint from your underwear or any fabric you use under your pants.

Wearing it would be easy as hell since the clasp uses a quick-release system. Per We-Vibe, the Bond uses a Custom Fit Link that will fit almost any penis size.

I tried it with my three fingers and of course, my own candystick, so it fits. But it seems impossible to clip it together with my testicle. I mean, I’ve tried but it hurts and was more uncomfortable than pleasurable. And I don’t even consider myself well-endowed.

The workaround I had was hanging it around the shaft, sitting above my scrotum, which would fit well should there be an erection. Although, wearing it just around your gospel pipe is somewhat loose. And you won’t feel the whole vibration it can offer.

Remote control

Before we talk about vibrations, let’s discuss how to set up the We-Vibe Bond. The brand has a dedicated app for all its products called We-Connect, downloadable via the Play Store or the App Store.

You can pair the wearable via Bluetooth but it can only be done through We-Connect. Once connected, you can check the toy’s settings which include its battery status, the intensity for the vibrations, and a timeout feature in case you want it to automatically stop.

The power button turns the device on and off and pressing it for more than three seconds pairs it to any smartphone via Bluetooth.

There are options to create your own vibrations, Vibes for short, through the wavy button found on the Interface. This lets you access ten vibrations to play with: Vibrate, Pulse, Wave, Cha cha cha, Tease, Tempo, Step, Heartbeat, Massage, and Ramp. My personal favorite is Wave and I make sure to modify the vibrations to their highest level to match the pulsation I want.

There’s an option to have your partner control it for you, but the app has been failing all the time in that feature. Other than that, there isn’t really anything you can do on We-Connect.

Luckily, the We-Vibe Bond comes with a physical remote so you don’t have to rely on the app. You can use it or hand it to your date so that he/she/they can control the pulsations.

Secret moments in a crowded room

I’ve worn the Bond a couple of times outside my bedroom. When I was doing my groceries, and when I went out on dates with my suitors.

It doesn’t work like other vibrating cock rings since the vibration strength is a little bit subtle. But that’s the whole point of it. This one is used so you can get in the mood. And probably do foreplay if you’re really feeling frisky.

Most of the time, I forget I’m even wearing the ring until it starts vibrating. The sudden jolt in your private parts, especially when you’re sitting, gives a different kind of pleasure. It makes you want to jump out of the chair and hop on your partner right away.

The subtle sensations aroused me. The silence, patience, and the anticipation — tension built up and I’ve been shaking from holding back. That’s the effect the Bond gave me and it has been a test of how I respond to my desires.

Its whisper-quiet vibrations are like a well-kept secret, but only to you and your partner (if you have one). I kept biting my lip the whole time I had it on, and I just wanted to forget the dinner and head out into the car.

I had an erection and it’s quite difficult to hide it when your shirt is tucked in. This is best worn when you have a large shirt on, in case you’re worried about your bulge.

But if you think you can have a hands-free release through this ring, that’s where you get it wrong. To an extent, the We-Vibe Bond can help you with edging. But you’d still have to trust your familiar pal — your very own hands — to give you a La Petite Mort.

The device can last up to two hours, but I can assure you, you’re not going to wait that long after all the passionate build-up. When the Bond runs out of juice, simply charge it through its magnetic charger. And after 90 minutes, you’re back in the game.

Should you get the We-Vibe Bond?

The We-Vibe Bond can be the perfect companion whether you’re single or in a relationship. It’s discreet so you can have a raunchy moment without anyone knowing, and you can improve your connection with your lover through teasing and subtle foreplay.

It’s also waterproof so you can have a little bit of fun on your own in the shower or the tub. Just remember that it doesn’t have strong vibrations like most toys, since the device is really for building up the tension to really enjoy the heat.

The We-Vibe Bond retails for US$ 129. Out of the box, you’ll get the wearable ring, the remote control, a magnetic USB charging cable, a quick start guide, and a black pouch to store your toy after cleaning.

Shop it on We-Vibe’s official website.

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Facebook Dating now has audio calls for daters

And two new matching features

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Dating apps are getting more advanced. Before, prospective daters had to rely on simple text messaging and often wonky pairing algorithms. Now, finding a partner has never been easier. Some apps have even partnered with complementary services to provide the most seamless way to go on a date. Though not the most popular dating service out there, Facebook Dating is packing in more features for daters.

With a new update rolling out, Facebook Dating now allows users to start audio conversations or “audio dates” for people they match with. Users can initiate a call, and it sends an invite to the other person.

Facebook Dating also has a new Match Anywhere feature. Since the advent of remote working, people can find themselves working in two different cities in a single work week. Match Anywhere allows users to select up to two additional locations for matches. For example, they can find matches in their city of residence and in a separate city where they work.

Finally, a new Lucky Pick feature expands the service’s matching capabilities. Though users select the traits that they find attractive, Lucky Pick can potentially match them with people they don’t usually include in their searches if the algorithm deems them compatible with one another.

SEE ALSO: Google is banning ‘sugar daddy’ dating apps

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Google is banning ‘sugar daddy’ dating apps

Starting September 1

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Dating apps are a dime a dozen nowadays. Regular daters have the more popular apps available including Tinder and Bumble. Niche daters also have their own set of apps for their own preferences. Did you know that there’s a dating app for farmers, for example? Apparently, despite the wide variety of apps, Google is less than thrilled over a very specific category of the market: sugar-daddy dating apps.

First reported by Android Police, Google is issuing new policies to cover the strange niche. And yes, they do exist. As the name implies, these dating apps are specifically made for daters looking for their own sugar daddy or sugar mommy (or vice versa).

In dating parlance, sugar daddy and mommies refer to rich daters who spoil their partners using their wealth in return for physical affection. The relationship type shouldn’t be an issue in itself. (“Different folks, different strokes,” as the saying goes.) However, Google certainly has issues with these apps.

According to the new policy, there will be “new restrictions on sexual content, specifically prohibiting compensated sexual relationships (i.e., sugar dating).” The policy will go into effect starting September 1.

Google has always been moderately tough on sexual content. Though looking up “sex” on the Play Store elicits a swath of tools and apps, the online catalog never outrightly includes any sexual content. Google potentially dislikes the “compensated” part of sugar-daddy dating apps, which can link it to a form of prostitution.

That said, Google seems to be all-in on less transactional dating apps like Tinder. Instead of propagating relationships through transactions, apps like Tinder do promote finding a true partner.

SEE ALSO: How to quench your thirst for dating in the time of social distancing

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