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This is a story of love … and video games. Sometimes men propose over dinner or drinks or on the Jumbotron at sports stadiums. But Chris Sheriff ended up popping the question after losing a week long attempt to overcome his girlfriend’s top score on PopCap’s popular Facebook game, Bejeweled Blitz.

Sheriff is an avid player of shooter games like Call of Duty and Unreal Tournament, and he boasted that the woman who beat him in a video game would win his heart.

He and his girlfriend Laura entered into a friendly competition over Bejeweled Blitz, the diamond-shaped puzzle game. After Laura posted a score of 600,000, Chris spent the rest of the week trying to beat it. He could not, and holding up his end of the bargain, Chris popped the question.

The Sheriffs are celebrating their first anniversary this week, and PopCap couldn’t let the milestone pass for the Maryland couple without a little engagement of their own.

The Sheriffs

As part of the celebration, the staff at PopCap sent an oversized Bejeweled “diamond” to the happy couple.

This isn’t the first time that romance has emerged from Bejeweled, which has been played by more than 500 million people since its debut in 2000.

You may recall this proposal from 2008 in which a software geek hacked a Nintendo DS in order to pop the question to his girlfriend. Pretty creative stuff.

And, at least based on this study, these couples should be ready for a mentally-stimulating life together.

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