It's 2013—people meeting through online dating sites if not through video games is not rare, but in Redditor IdentityProductions' case, it's tough to deny just how intense the love for their partner and Team Fortress 2 is. Even Valve sees it.
Earlier today, a Reddit thread was posted with a link to a photobook sent to Valve. Why send a photobook to Valve? Well, it had a ton of pictures of a couple who met through Team Fortress 2—these pictures included some of their cosplays over the years, and even commemorative tattoos (!). That couple got married, and that wouldn't have happened had they not played TF2. Here's what they sent Valve:
As most of you know Damien and I recently got married, we meet through Team Fortress 2 almost two years ago and we really wanted to send something nice to VALVe as a thank you for bringing us together so we had this little photo book printed and mailed it to them. Here’s what it said:
“Our first convention together. Naturally cosplayed Sniper and Scout”
“We also cosplayed Medics.”
“Rebecca’s first time in Canada. Damien as Medic with one of our doves, Archimedes. Rebecca as Pyro.”
“We also went to a cosplay skate. Being as Canada’s freezing we went as winter Heavy and Soldier.”
When we weren’t together we continued to show our love for TF2. Damien as BLU Engineer and Rebecca as RED (our rivalry continued).”
“For a while we continued going back and forth. Damien to Florida.”
“In May of 2012 Rebecca moved to Canada. The weekend of Anime North, we couldn’t resist.”
“We continued to craft TF2 items.Like these Ballonicorn PJs and Sniper cosplay.”
“Or these comfy matching Pyro PJs.”
We even got a small tribute to the game.”
“Soon after moving we got engaged! A nice photoshoot ensued…”
“Which didn’t last long.”
“But we’re all friends in the end, right?”
“We got married on March 2nd, 2013.”
“Our wedding party.”
Here's the letter they included with the package:
Dear Valve Team,
I am writing you today to tell you our story of how Team Fortress 2 brought us together.
My wife and I met through Team Fortress two years ago when she saw my Meet the Medic cosplay online. Despite our love for opposite teams, me-BLU and her-RED, we started playing Medic and Heavy together and made a great team. We talked constantly, working together to refine metal and craft hats eventually becoming inseparable on and off game. Although she lived in warm, sunny Florida she eventually opted to move to freezing Canada with me after going back and forth for long visits. We were happily married on March 2nd 2013. Our vows included “you are the Medic to my Heavy” and we played “Still Alive” from Portal as our cake cutting song. We have our own small business now, Identity Productions, and have done quite a few TF2 commissions including Itsy Bitsy Spyers, Anger hoods, the Wraith Wrap, a couple of Sniper vests, a Soldier jacket replica, and more.
We wanted to let you know that if it wasn’t for your hard work on this awesome game we probably would have never met from so far away and we want to thank you all for making such a great game that has brought together so many people through killing tiny baby men and trading hats! We had this little photo book printed just for you and we hope you will take a moment to look through it and give yourselves a pat on the back.
Damien (Steam name: Feicoon) and Rebecca (Steam name: FennecFox777) Murphy
Valve wrote back.
What was in the package? This.