Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Nerdy Engagament

Cute story...

A nerd programs his way into her heart

Attention, computer geeks: Bernie Peng has raised the bar for the ultimate nerd wedding proposal.

The Jersey City man spent a month reprogramming his girlfriend's favorite video game, "Bejeweled," so when she reached a certain score a ring and a marriage proposal popped up.

After his sufficiently impressed girlfriend said yes, Peng posted the details of his feat on his blog. Then the fun really began.

Peng's site received thousands of hits and more than 500 comments. The story was picked up by video gaming sites and spread across the internet until the video game manufacturer eventually heard about it.

Instead of being angry that Peng hacked their video game and rewrote it from scratch, company officials were so impressed they offered to pay for part of his wedding to Tammy Li of Basking Ridge.

"Most video game companies would frown on people manipulating their games," said Garth Chouteau, a spokesman for PopCap, the Seattle company that manufacturers "Bejeweled."

"But it won him a woman," Chouteau said. "As a bunch of geeks we have to say, 'Bernie, hats off to you.'"

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