Say what you want about Valentine's Day (or Singles' Awareness Day, if you prefer), we'll take any excuse we can get to celebrate video games and video game culture. Usually, that turns out to be a handful of fan-made video game Valentines cards or a recurring special event in a massively multiplayer online game -- but it seems to us that there's more going on than ever before this year for Valentine's Day 2010. Probably because it falls on a weekend.
You can count on just about every MMO out there to offer some kind of Valentine's Day event, quests or items, so we just went with a few of the big ones.
World of Warcraft is hosting a revamped version of last year's Love Is In The Air Event with special quests and items.
Final Fantasy XI has a Valentine's Day event already in progress that concludes Feb. 15.
Aion: The Tower of Eternity is hosting a double experience points weekend in honor of V-Day and has special True Love and Chocolate Valentine Packs up for grabs.
Gears of War 2 is also offering double XP this weekend, plus double points for reviving a buddy. How sweet!
Demon's Souls is offering both White "Loves-Me" World Tendency and Black "Loves-Me-Not" Tendency for the weekend. Based on a too-close community vote, the White Tendency will only last 'til Feb. 16 and then go Black for the rest of the month.
ANKAMA is throwing a special Valentine's Day event in the online world of DOFUS 2.0 where you massacre over-sexed Gobballs.
Sony Online Entertainment spreads the love this Valentine's Day with in-game celebrations in EverQuest, EverQuest II, Free Realms, Legends of Norrath, and Star Wars Galaxies -- check out each game for details.
Dungeon Fighter Online also added some new content to its lineup in honor of Valentine's Day involving a Valentine's Day Box fetch quest that's probably not unlike a real life fetch quest for the perfect box of chocolates.
PlayStation Home's V-Day blowout. Seriously, there is so much going on here, we can't even sort it all out from the Mardi Gras celebration stuff.
Freebies and Sales:
The iPhone is where it's at for game freebies and sales. Make sure you scan the App Store this weekend for way more of them than we could list here.
Namco is having a Valentine's Day sale of up to 50% from Feb. 10 through Feb. 15 on 20 iPhone games and various PC games.
Get iPhone Breast Cancer Charity game, Bliss, for free V-Day weekend. For every Pink Ribbon code you win in-game, developer Mobile Deluxe donates $.05 to the Beautiful Day Foundation.
Happy Valentine's Day/President's Day weekend, everybody!
This story, "Valentine's Day Gaming Round-up" was originally published by GamePro.