Up Up Down Down Left Right Left Right B A Propose

We’ve spent a good amount of time exploring the virtues of various marriage proposals…public versus private, nerdy versus romantic, and adventurous versus traditional, but we’ve usually agreed that a proposal works when it works for the couple. Here’s one that definitely worked for the couple.

A certain man who goes by the moniker TheRealPfhreak successfully proposed to his girlfriend by hacking Chrono Trigger. He originally wanted to surprise her with a trip to Mount Barker, the site of their first date, but that just didn’t work out. So instead of bringing his now fiancĂ©e to the mountain, he brought the mountain to her by creating a secret Chrono Trigger level complete with stargazing, dancing, her favorite song lyrics, and even her cat.

Overall, it was a resounding success. She had no idea that this wasn’t part of the original. She asked, “Hey, are those the Princess Bride lyrics? Do the Japanese really love that movie?” to which I responded, “Yeah! That’s probably it! Either that or a bored translator slipping in an easter egg.”

When her name appeared on screen (blurred in this video), she glanced over to me (on one knee, with the ring out), wondering, “How did they get my name in this game?” When she saw the ring, she reread the proposal, nodded yes, and said, “You are such a huge nerd! I love this!”

Note that the good stuff starts at about one minute into the video.

Congratulations to TheRealPfhreak and his lady!

6 Responses to “Up Up Down Down Left Right Left Right B A Propose”

  1. Melissa B. says:

    Oh, wow. This is incredibly awesome! My brother and I played Chrono Trigger on our old SNES, and as a female video game geek my heart skips a beat for this couple. I think this may be my all-time favorite unusual proposal.

  2. Casablancabride says:

    ok wow that was so cute. I may have swooned a little.

  3. Twistie says:

    I’m actually tearing up. What a wonderful and personal proposal!

  4. Melissa B.: Same here! I wasn’t even aware that you can hack a cartridge game, which is what I think this way.

    Casablancabride: I know, right? What a romantic guy TheRealPfhreak must be.

  5. Melissa B. says:

    NtB, my guess is that TheRealPfhreak hacked an emulator version of the game that his fiance was playing on her computer. Fans of vintage video games can download emulators that allows them to play SNES/Sega/Playstation games on their PCs. (Wow, I am *such* a geek.)

    If he did hack the cartridge, though, I am even more impressed!!

  6. Ah, that makes a lot more sense, Melissa B. We had a disk of 800ish classic Nintendo games for the Dreamcast. It was awesome!