Thursday, March 13, 2008

How Not To Hide Something From Your Wife

I've noticed a couple of funny things lately. For instance, when I go downstairs when my husband is playing his XBox 360, sometimes he quickly switches it over to the TV before I get within eyesight of what is on the screen. Also, if I have appointments or meetings that don't pertain to him, he has been asking how long I'll be gone, what time I'll be home, etc. That's odd, because usually if I tell him I'm getting my hair done or my legs waxed or something, all I usually get is an "Okay," which he says without turning his head away from whatever it is he is doing, because that's just how interested he is in my beauty regimen. After a few weeks of this, I began to get suspicious. So then, naturally, I started snooping. It didn't take too long to find out that he had purchased a particular XBox 360 game, to which I had previously voiced objections.

The game in question is one in which almost naked anime chicks wrestle. They wrestle because the makers of the game had to have them do something, because otherwise it would just be blatant anime smut. Sometimes when they wrestle, certain things Depending on how you wrestle, you can "unlock" other costumes for the fighters, like schoolgirl or nurse. (See where this is going?) As IGN, a popular gaming site, put it, the makers of this game weren't so interested in creating a high quality wrestling game as they were in "creating interactive girl-on-girl action." When I first found out he was researching this game a few days after I bought him the XBox 360, I voiced my objections. Surely there are other wrestling games one can purchase, if you really want a true wrestling game, right? Why does one need the game with the half-nekid chicks? I just don't see the point. Well, I take that back. I do see the obvious point, and I object.

When I discovered that he had bought the game AFTER I had asked him not to, I was pissed. Mr. Slick had been researching game cheats online, so I went through his stack of XBox 360 games to find the game. I found out that my darling husband had two stacks of games: one, the much larger one, was out in the open. The other consisted of three games: the game in question plus two others he must have thought I wouldn't like, and was hidden under a box under a table, separate from the others.

So he bought the game after I had asked him not to, hid the game, then tried to play it on the sly. On top of that, he researched game cheats on our home computer, on which I have a monitoring service (long story), which he knows about.

I decided that rather than confront him, I would keep quiet and just hide the game. So I did. I took the game disc out of its case and hid it where I knew he wouldn't find it. Then I waited for him to notice it was missing, which he did last night. When I came home from my hair appointment, the first thing out of his mouth was: "Hey, did you do anything with my games?"

I told him I only did something with one of his games, the one I asked him not to buy. To which he responded that maybe I should just go through all of his games and get rid of all of the ones I found offensive. Then he decided that instead of doing that, maybe I should just get rid of the XBox 360 and Playstation 2 entirely. (In the middle of this conversation, we got a phone call. Husband answered it downstairs. I asked who it was when he came back up, and he told me to check the caller ID because didn't I prefer checking up on him?) Then he went downstairs and didn't say anything to me the rest of the night.

I told him I was upset about the one game, because I had asked him not to buy it, and then he went and did it anyway and tried to hide the evidence. His response was basically that I'm psycho and controlling. I, however, don't think that my objections are unwarranted, nor that my hiding the game was that out of line.

But I don't know, maybe my reaction was over the top. It is just a video's not like he had a brothel hidden in our basement. What do you think?


Colleen said...

I would be upset! I think it's so funny that you hid the game instead of immediately confronting him. I don't know if I could be that patient. I understand why it bothers you that he was being sneaky with a game that you felt was innappropriate. You obviously feel a bit betrayed. Well, best of luck working through this one.

Anonymous said...

Happened to come across your blog and stopped to read your last post.
On the contrary . . . I think you were very subdued and under the top! Trust begins to ebb away when we start playing games like hide and seek. . . he hides . . . which makes you seek. These games can open the doors to bigger and worse
toys, I think. It's very easy to get caught up with this stuff and substitute it for real life intimacy and healthy fun.
You were right . . . says me.
Rock on, girl!!!

Jillian said...

As far as the game itself goes, it sounds like loads of fun and something my husband and I would enjoy together.

However, I disagree with your H purchasing the game after you voiced your objections. That looks to me like a lack of respect for your feelings. And I think you have every right to be mad.

Now, I don't think you should have hidden his game from him, if you truly felt you were in the right and wanted to discuss it, why not just confront him and put everything out there? Why hide the game? What did that accomplish?

But I hope you guys get this resolved, it all seems kinda tricky.

Queen Goob said... had a conversation with your husband that sounds EXACTLY like the ones I have with my son.....who is fifteen…..going on four.

See, here’s the thing; over the years I’ve developed a VERY sick sense of humor. Instead of hiding the game to see how long it would take him to discover it was gone I would have retaliated in my own special way. How? I don’t know, maybe dressing like a hooker and heading out the door unannounced. “Where are you going?” he asks. “Out to a bar – looking into changing my profession and WRETSLING NAKED is an option because I understand MEN LIKE TO PLAY WITH NAKED WRESTLING WOMEN!!!" I respond.

I’d then get into my car and head to a friend’s house, change into the pair of pajamas I had previously hidden in the car, pop in a movie, drink a few beers, and have ourselves a fun-filled, late into the night “this is only for girls” night.

Oh, and don’t answer your cell phone when he calls those 37 times trying to find you.

Mrs. R said...

Thanks, everyone, for your input.

Jillian--Okay, I was somewhat embarrassed as I read your answer. That solution was just way too mature for me to think of. :(

Queen--HAHAHAHAHAHAHA. The part of me that wasn't embarrassed by my lack of maturity wished I had come up with that solution instead! Thanks for the laugh!

Posh Totty said...

I personally would have no prob with the game itself, my issue would be the fact he sneaked around behind your back and did it.

If he really wanted the game, he should of just told you striaght, not sneaked around.

However ... why is it, when confronted most men seem to think that saying "you are a psycho and your trying to controll me" is an acceptable answer ... my fiancee does says the same thing too. Grrr!!!

KM said...

enjoyed reading your blog, Mrs. R.

if i were you, i might totally lose it and hide his Xbox too. but sure to return it to him days later after a good reasoning with him and a promise from him that he would PLAY the game WITH ME from then on!!

Mrs. Schmitty said...

I would be more pissed that he hid it from you. He was very sly about it all and to me that's totally something that would get my blood boiling. I think you were completely justified.