WC - There is little doubt that the concept of love and romance in video games has become infinitely more complex as games have become more and more sophisticated. The idea of the girlfriend being kidnapped Final Fight style in order to get you to bash through a horde of thugs is long gone. Now romances in games have become sometimes funny, hopefully interesting, often happy and occasionally tragic. Some have been dismissed as dross that does not work because of a lack of chemistry between the characters, bad dialogue, predictable character arcs and other hurdles. But sometimes game developers and writers get it right- so right in fact- that they produce a romance that is not only great, but also keeps on being great despite what happens to gaming afterwards.