PORTLAND, Ore. -- A Portland man raised the bar when it comes to romance by combining his love of video games with the love of his life.
"It took about four months to complete. I did the art and animation,” said Robert Fink.
Fink designed a video game called 'Knight Man' as a way to propose to his girlfriend of three years, Angel White. Fink showed White the game back in August when she thought she was testing it out for him.
"The object of the game is to play this little knight, have him get through the challenges and solve puzzles, and at the end she doesn’t only get a princess, she gets a wedding proposal,” explained Fink.
He’s a 3D animator at Super Genius Studios in Oregon City, and a self-professed "gamer". White is a freelance web developer in the Portland metro area, and also a gamer.
"It was the hardest thing I've ever had to do. My brain was like a million different directions,” Fink said.
Fink enlisted the help of his friends Jack and Ryan, for music and programming. He designed the concept and the look of the game himself.
It took White about 12 minutes to beat ‘Knight Man,’ but she said knew before then that it wasn’t an ordinary video game.
"About half way through when you get two pieces of the ring, it started to kind of look like a circle,” White explained.
"After that it goes into this little dialogue where Robert says this cute little story, and then he asks me to marry him, and I say yes,” said White.
"I was sitting behind her while she was playing, and probably was the most sweaty you've ever seen me,” said Fink about his nerves.
White said she’s played 'Knight Man' “countless” times since she first beat it and got the ring. She said she still gets emotional over the proposal.
"Thinking about the amount of effort and time, and just like love, and everything, that he put in to it. It was amazing. I still can't believe it happened,” said White.
Fink also had someone capture that moment on video. Now, anyone can watch that or play ‘Knight Man’ on the couple’s website. That’s something Angel plans to do before the couple gets married in August, 2014, and probably well into the future.
The video game theme won’t carry over from proposal to the wedding though, although the couple said they thought about that.
White’s victory over ‘Knight Man’ means a real ring, a real prince, and an unforgettable story performed in pixels that’s preserved forever.