The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past
Keeping boys and grown men locked up in their bedrooms during the 90s, guiding Link through enormous levels and environments was a full time job, so any time for girls was strictly a secondary objective.
Helping us realise that there was more to the sports game genre than a leather panelled ball, Sega made a huge racket when Virtua Tennis first hit consoles and had men drawn in by tennis other than by that other factor, Anna Kournikova.
World of Warcraft
Granted many guys playing this online giant of a game are likely not to be involved with the opposite sex anyway, but here's one sure fire way to make sure that situation does not change as the only female you set eyes on is the one bringing your dinner to your bedroom.
Super Mario Bros
Whether it was the blue hedgehog, or the Italian plumber out to rescue his princess, both platform icons consumed enough of your free hours to diminish any chances of bagging a real dame.
Undeniably the most addictive game of all, the appeal of busying yourself frantically building tiny brick walls in the living room, on the toilet, and on the bus would be enough to drive anyone else bidding for your time, mad.
When you begin to spend more time in your virtual world fitting out the interior of your house and keeping the general domestic matters in order, in the real world things are likely to be somewhat different, which is perhaps the reason you are more engrossed in your PC life.
Championship Manager/Football Manager
Whether its FM or Champ that you choose to dabble in the managerial exploits of guiding Stevenage Borough all the way to the pinnacle that is Premier League football, both is likely to eat up sizeable amounts of your 'me and you' time. Just one more game you say, not before you bag a jammy away win against AC Milan and find out that Kaka is seriously interested in pursuing a move to the Hertfordshire club.
Call of Duty: World of War
Before Modern Warfare 2 entered into our lives, Activision took us back to the good old fashioned rifling days of World War II. Immersing ourselves in the Battle of Stalingrad and shooting down the enemy in the streets of Berlin, this first person shooter was a cinematic splendour that kept us wanting more, of which Activision duly obliged.
Command and Conquer: Red Alert
graphically average we know, but on the addictive scale, it was right up there. Waging warfare on a miniature scale, training your troops, and then taking them on from all angles. If only those strategic planning skills in the battlefield could have been translated to real life.
Arriving at the turn of the millennium, just as you'd promised to spend less time time on gaming, this monster-slashing, dungeon-slaying great turns up to send the New Year's resolution down the drain. The RPG was a major hit back in 2000 and no doubt had males across the world transfixed to their PC and MAC screens.
This post-apocalyptic RPG required your full time and affection to appreciate the love that went into the third Fallout instalment. In a world so impressively detailed and interactive, it would just be plain rude not to investigate under every nook and cranny.
The long-running RPG franchise will have eaten into the time of many a relationship, substituting that spot in front of the telly to enjoy the cinematic cut scenes and the lengthily tactical battles. Bad news ladies, there is more Final Fantasy likely to come...
Gears of War 2
Bypassing campaign mode, multiplayer online action was at the heart and soul of the GOW sequel. Screaming through your headset as you unloaded a barrage of meaty ammunition rounds got us hooked. Once you'd grown tired of months of online gaming, there is always time to get back to single player action.
Before multiplayer action arrived on the scene, one required a N64, four multicoloured controllers, and three mates to thoroughly devour the hours hiding behind barrels and picking out your enemies. All while your girlfriend is upstairs packing her suitcase, plotting a Bond-style exit.
Grand Theft Auto IV
Tucking in to some all out sandbox carnage in a life which seems so much more criminally glamorous than yours was enough to give the girlfriend a cold shoulder. Car jacking your way to notoriety, you could even hit the strip clubs without the grief, and smell of booze that usually follows.
A mammoth best seller in 2007, the battle between the Covenant and the United Nations Space Command drew upon plenty of co-op online action and a series expansion packs giving it the kind of game life girlfriends would shudder at.
FIFA 11/Pro Evo 2011
Whichever is your football poison, both are equally likely to incur the wrath from your missus as you lead England all the way to the World Cup glory only to then notice that one of your friend has jumped online and he is eager to play you best out of 10 matches.
We all well know that this zombie-blasting RPG is best played in the darker hours of the day. So while she beckons from the bedroom to come to bed, you are more concerned spending a little time alone shooting mutated dogs that jump out of from nowhere.
Before there was FIFA or Pro Evo, the only way to indulge your football game fantasies through a computer (and a mouse if you were skilled enough) was courtesy of this 2D great. With hundreds of teams to dabble with, there was always a mate near by claiming to be the supreme Sensible champ.
Street Fighter 2
First port of call in this iconic beat-em-up was to negotiate your way past M Bison, only to realise you want to see that storyline ending of Zangief Cossack dancing. Legendary battles against your mates also meant there was not much time for anything else.