The Short Version: Fandom powered by Wikia is a go-to resource for fans of movies, video games, comic books, television shows, and other pop culture staples. Their treasure trove of 43 million articles recommends cult classics as well as new entertainment options for people unabashed in their zeal for fantasy worlds. Whether you’re a Trekkie or a Whovian, you’ll find a home in this active community of over 360,000 fandoms. What’s great about a fandom is how it brings people together and helps them forge meaningful relationships. To help singles and couples connect through shared passions, we combed through the Fandom site to come up with 15 out-of-the-box date activities customized for movie buffs, video gamers, and general fans. If you’ve got a crush on a fanboy or fangirl, you can browse through our list for inspiration to level up your dates.
One girls’ night, over wine and popcorn, my friends and I were trading stories about our first kisses when the quietest girl in our group surprised us with her experience as a 17-year-old. She was playing video games with her crush, just the two of them on a couch with no parents in sight, and she was pretty sure they were on a date, but not completely sure. Instead of beating around the bush, she took the direct approach by asking: “So, is this the kissing kind of hanging out?”
To his credit, the boy didn’t freak out — didn’t even look away from the console, actually — and said, “Yes.” She nodded. They finished the round they were playing in silence, put away their controllers, and christened their first date with a makeout session. “I don’t think anything would’ve happened if I hadn’t said something,” she told us with a smile.
Sometimes shy daters need a helping hand to feel comfortable in the dating scene, and a fandom can easily create that social connection for two people. Fandom, powered by Wikia, is an online entertainment destination specializing in directing all fans to the latest and greatest in movies, video games, television, and general entertainment.
Fandom’s entertainment media brand serves more than 350,000 fandoms with riveting, fan-focused content. What better place to find entertaining ideas for a fandom-inspired first date? We went to the source of all things entertainment to come up with 15 date ideas for movie buffs, gamers, and general fans looking to boldly go on a one-of-a-kind date.
Now Showing: 5 Cinematic Date Ideas for Movie Buffs
Movies do an excellent job of bringing people together through common interests. On my very first date with my first boyfriend, we went to see “The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen.” We arrived super early, nervously flirted, and shared popcorn in a nearly empty theater (except for my mom, sitting 10 rows back and trying not to eavesdrop). The steampunk action flick totally broke the ice with fast-paced action, witty dialogue, and tons of literary references. We couldn’t stop talking about it. Date success!
You can bond with another person over a good movie by exchanging ideas about the plot, characters, themes, and twists. For die-hard cinema fans, it doesn’t get much better than that. Below, we’ve highlighted five ways daters can come together over a shared enthusiasm for movies.
1. Go See a Movie in Theaters Together
Every week, the Fandom team puts together a Weekend Preview to review the movies coming into theaters, and they often make note of which titles make for a good date activity.
This is an obvious number one, but the dinner-movie combo is a classic for a reason. You can make the movie experience special by going to a dine-in theater or film festival with your date. Lining up early for movie premieres is also a fantastic way to spark a connection with fans. I’ve seen people bring cards, books, and even a grill to while away the hours before a movie starts. The sense of unity and excitement is contagious!
2. Host an In-Home Movie Marathon of Your Favorite Series
Some people don’t like the crowds of the theater. Kids crying. Sticky floors. That one guy who thinks it’s acceptable to put his feet up on the seat in front of him. Maybe you like movies but don’t want to deal with the outside world. If so, why not invite your date to an in-home movie marathon? It’s easy and intimate, plus you can customize your own lineup.
If you’re both into robot movies, for instance, you can trace the evolution of fictional A.I. from “Terminator” to “Ex Machina.” Or, maybe your date has never seen “Star Wars” movies — you can rectify that in a little more than 17 hours. Just be sure to provide plenty of snacks to munch on as you go through your chosen playlist.
Fandom powered by Wikia can help you plan your date night with their list of “14 Unconventional Romance Films for Valentine’s Day” and “8 ‘Chick Flicks’ Dudes Should Watch.” From “Bridesmaids” to “10 Things I Hate About You,” these movies give you and your date plenty to laugh and talk about — and may just put you in a romantic mood, too.
In particular, the Fandom team recommends “Somewhere in Time” as a classic date-night movie choice. “If you have a heart and love time travel love stories, you might really like this movie,” Adam Carey writes in the article. “Matheson’s story packs a serious tear-jerking wallop.”
3. Play a Movie Trivia Board Game With Your Date
A trivia game can bring out your competitive side and give you a chance to show off your fan knowledge. For movie buffs on a date, movie trivia often lead to hours of fun quizzing each other on arcane facts. Some cinema trivia games involve charades or alcohol to liven up your evening as you learn and laugh alongside someone special.
Again, some preparation might not go amiss before your date. If you want to hold your own and challenge your opponent, it might be good to study up on your favorite fandoms. You can brush up on your Star Trek trivia, for instance, using Wikia’s in-depth resources.
4. Pack Your Bags & Visit a Filming Location
Going on an adventure together is a fabulous way to bond with a loved one. Film buffs can visit a filming location to relive their favorite cinematic moments. Some even have tours to take you through the old set or places of interest. The Warner Brothers Studio Tour, just outside of London, is a favorite of Potterheads, with tons of props, costumes, and sets from the movies.
Whether you visit the most well-known “Breaking Bad” spots in New Mexico or catch sight of “The Lord of the Rings” scenery in New Zealand, you and your date can explore your favorite fantasy world in-person at a filming location.
5. Recreate a Cinematic Love Scene With Your Partner
Movies offer daters a ready-made script for the perfect romance — you just have to find a partner willing to play along with you as you say your lines. All it takes is some imagination and planning.
Recreating a classic movie love scene doesn’t have to be as involved as encasing yourself in carbonite or floating on a door in the middle of the ocean — you could just show up at your date’s door with some cue cards or a boombox.
Spoiler alert, if my boyfriend ever suggested we go out into the rain and play out a scene from “Pride and Prejudice” or “The Notebook,” I’d be on board faster than Kate Winslet jumping from a lifeboat.
If you share a love of drama with your date, you can live out your romantic fantasy and create a fun memory together.
Press Start: 5 Two-Player Date Ideas for Gamers
Even if you’re not as forthright as my friend is, you can still enjoy an engaging date over video games. It’s competitive, it’s casual, and it’s cost-effective — ideal for young daters on a budget.
Video games help people socialize one-on-one and in large groups. If you’re hosting a gaming party and want to impress your crush, you can put on Fandom’s top picks for “The Best New Party Games to Play This Holiday.” In this list, the website’s experts recommend video games “meant to be played by large groups of people.”
1. Bring All Your Quarters to a Classic Arcade
Arcades have survived throughout the years because they’re just good fun. Whether you’re playing Dance Dance Revolution or racing each other on motorcycles, you can connect with your date under the bright flashing lights of an arcade. For gamers, this is an old-school, heartwarming place.
“No matter how fun new releases are, everyone loves a good retro game,” according to a Fandom article. “Those classic hits still hold the same charm first seen in the arcades.”
2. Invite Your Date Over to Play a Favorite Game
Playing a video game alongside someone special is a terrific way to connect over a shared hobby. You can take turns playing a one-player game or compete against one another in a two-player game — it’s totally up to you.
As with movies, you should carefully choose what video game to play with a date. You want something to match their skill level and interests. You don’t want to put a squeamish person in the middle of a violent first-person shooter, for example, because then neither of you will enjoy yourselves. Check out the Fandom’s list of “The Biggest Games of E3 2016” and “The Most Anticipated Games of 2017” to get ideas for popular, current video games.
3. Attend a Local Area Network (LAN) Party
A Local Area Network Party unites gamers in communities around the world and could be a fun, different date idea for two people who enjoy video games. At LAN Parties, video-game enthusiasts gather to play multi-player video games with anywhere from 2 to 100 attendees. Bring your computer, grab a date, and enjoy a rowdy time filled with caffeine and camaraderie.
4. Join a Video Gaming Tournament & Cheer on the Greats
Local, national, and world gaming tournaments give fans a chance to mix and mingle with video gamers. You don’t have to be a pro gamer to come out to a big gaming tournament. Anyone can attend and watch video game titans collide.
If you want to know more about what goes on at these spirited competitions, check out Fandom’s assessment of the 2016 League of Legends World Championships to get a better idea of the teamwork, enthusiasm, and skill level involved.
5. Go Paintballing Together
The only problem with video games is you don’t get much face-to-face interaction as you both stare straight ahead, intent upon the game. To look one another in the eye, test your eye-hand coordination, and enjoy a game similar to a first-person shooter, you can go paintballing on a date.
This is a favorite of gamers — the Call of Duty championships even featured a paintball arena for guests, according to Fandom. It may be a little messy, but paintballing is a great way to break the ice and work as a team (or against one another if you find that more fun) in real life rather than on a computer or television screen.
Accio Romance: 5 Original Date Ideas for General Fans
Not everyone defines themselves as a particular type of fan. If you’re interested in generally random activities and want to share those interests with someone special, Fandom has diverse content to help you explore, connect, and discover new ways to get active in fandom communities. Following their lead, we’ve brainstormed five date options for fans to bond in the company of like-minded people.
1. Go LARPing (Live Action Role Playing) With a Date & Friends
If you’ve never been LARPing before, you’re in for a treat. It’s like improvisational theater by an intense group of fantasy lovers with overactive imaginations. You get into character, the gamemaster sets the scene, and then you and your friends act out an adventure together. Historical reenactments are another type of LARPing, but instead of living out a fantasy, they imitate real-life events as accurately as possible.
Role playing isn’t for everyone, so make sure your date is game to put together a costume and spend an afternoon running about.
2. Explore a Fan-Filled Convention in Costume
From Comic Con to LeakyCon, fan conventions bring a truly special atmosphere of fun and activity. If you really want to blow away your date, check out convention dates and mark your calendar. You can dress up, take photos, meet celebrities, attend lectures, and enjoy the spectacle with fellow fans.
Before you gear up, though, take a look at this Fandom article about “5 Things Not to Do at Comic Conventions.” For autograph lines, for instance, they encourage readers to follow the three Ps: Pay, Praise, and Pound Feet. No need to linger and hold up the line. “As in everyday life, be respectful and mindful of others,” the article says.
3. Test Your Knowledge at Trivia Night at a Bar
A growing trend in today’s night scene is to host special trivia nights for fans of “Harry Potter,” “Game of Thrones,” “Star Wars,” and other pop culture topics. If you’re an avid reader of the Fandom site, their questions should be no problem. Trivia nights provide a non-intimidating way to go out and have a drink with your date, so we highly recommend looking up local events going on near you.
4. Immerse Yourself in a Fantasy Universe at a Popular Theme Park
This won’t work for all fans (sorry, Trekkies), but some popular series have been made into all-out themed areas complete with rides to delight fans. You can explore Harry Potter World at Universal Studios or the Star Wars World at Disney parks, depending on what you fancy. More immersive worlds are cropping up all the time for big franchises like Avatar, Transformers, Frozen, and the Simpsons.
As Fandom reported, a Super Nintendo-themed world will be coming to Universal parks in Hollywood, Orlando, and Japan by the year 2020.
Theme parks offer an engaging first date activity so you and your date always have somewhere to go and something to do in a stimulating fantasy world.
5. Challenge Each Other to an Evening of Board Games
Not really into going places? No worries. As long as you have a board game, you have a way to entertain your date. One of my boyfriends kept a closet full of more than 50 different board games, and we had fun working our way through them. Competitive couples might find the games an addictive way to spend a few hours in the company of your date.
You can really learn a lot about a person’s strategy, disposition, and habits by playing a game together. Want to know how she handles money? Suggest playing Monopoly. Interested in his sense of humor? Gather a group to play Apples to Apples or Cards Against Humanity. It’s as easy as that!
Fandom Boasts the World’s Largest Social Network of Fans
On the Fandom powered by Wikia website, individuals learn, engage, and connect in a global network of passionate people. As you plan your date, you can use the site to study up on pop culture so you’ll have plenty to say to your date about casting announcements, gaming trends, and other current niche topics.
Fandom’s collection of entertainment news and recommendations guide fans of all stripes to the best in the business, so you never miss an opportunity to get active at conventions, gaming tournaments, movie premiers, and other fan-related events. If you’re single and looking for ways to meet new people or in a couple and trying to come up with a unique date idea, our 15 date ideas can take you out of this world with a fellow movie buff, gamer, or fan.
“With more than 360,000 fan communities and a global audience of over 190 million monthly uniques,” according to the Fandom’s About page, “we are the fan’s voice in entertainment.”