{{Yonkoma}} manga about [[NoNameGiven unnamed]] couples, at least one of whom will have a passion for video games. The first volume features an [[NoNameGiven unnamed]] high school student and his [[NoNameGiven likewise unnamed]] girlfriend, both of whom share a passion for playing video games...and each other, though they both have trouble admitting it. This alternates between the two of them [[TwoGamersOnACouch playing video games and discussing them at length]], and [[WillTheyOrWontThey trying their best to express their feelings for each other]].

The second volume stars a guy who looks like a shark and loves portable games, and his girlfriend who is more into manga than video games.

So far, there are four completed volumes.

The complete series hasn't been released in English, but you can read it [[http://www.mangafox.com/manga/houkago_play here]].
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!!''HoukagoPlay'' provides examples of:
* AwLookTheyReallyDoLoveEachOther: Occurs fairly frequently, but [[CrowningMomentOfHeartWarming most especially during the end of Chapter 12.]]
* [[spoiler: BabiesEverAfter: The DistantFinale of Volume 2 reveals that the [[ChangingOfTheGuard main characters]] of vol. 2 had a daughter. [[BittersweetEnding Unfortunately, they are also divorced, though apparently they remain on good terms with each other.]]]]
* CatGirl: Subverted. The girl tries to pander to the guy's inner otaku with a pair of cat ears and glasses. The guy is unimpressed. [[InelegantBlubbering She takes this quite harshly.]]
* DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything: The girl spills some milk on her stockings, and she makes him clean it off of her feet. Considering the amount of attention her feet get...
* EroticEating: Aside from the above, in one panel the girl shows off her ability to tie a cherry stem in a neat knot. Two at once, in fact.
* GamerChick
* TheGlassesGottaGo: See CatGirl above.
* [[HeyItsThatVoice Hey It's That Voice]]: The main characters are voiced by Creator/ShizukaIto and Terashima Takuma on the Drama CD.
* HugeSchoolgirl: The Library Committee Chairman is absolutely gigantic (and strong enough to ''effortlessly lift other people by the collar and rattle them around''), and has '''enormous''' GagBoobs (the fluid, abstract art style means that they regularly appear to change size, but the smallest they've ever been is the size of small watermelons and it's not uncommon for them to be drawn as nearly as big as the rest of her torso!). She usually tries to look cool, but it's revealed that she actually has her fair share of insecurities.
* IntimateHealing: To an extent. When he accidentally cuts himself with a fruit knife, her method of first aid is to bury her face into his hand and lick all the blood clean.
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: The guy.
* LawyerFriendlyCameo: "The Mysterious ***geon", "Met*l Gear"
* {{Meganekko}}: Subverted, see above.
* MinimalistCast: In the first volume, there was the girl, the boy, the unseen store owner, and the voice of the boy's friend on a cell phone. It seems that all the other volumes will go in this direction as well.
* MomentKiller: His cell phone. Also, any time the guy refuses to close his eyes before a kiss, the girl considers it a MomentKiller as well.
* NoNameGiven: The author simply refers to them as "the boy" and "the girl" in the afterword.
** For the figurine for the girl, she's reffered to as Girlfriend, and other sources back this up, even calling the boy Boyfriend.
* OtakuSurrogate
* OutOfFocus: The second volume stars a completely different couple, while the original pair only appear in two or three chapters.
** The third volume focuses on yet another couple, though the others do show up from time to time.
* RunningGag: The girl kicking the guy in the head when she gets mad. Also, "Go buy Met*l Gear!" in one chapter.
* ShoutOut: To the WesternAnimation/SouthPark episode "Guitar Queer-o", of all things - aside from all the video game references.
** [[Franchise/MetalGear M*t*l G**r]]
** The soundtrack they were talking about is LiveALive.
** The girlfriend thinks the game NoMoreHeroes is sexually harassing her.
** VideoGame/EarthDefenseForce
** When the girl is anxious about singing a karaoke song, the boy says [[GurrenLagann "Believe in the me that believes in you".]]
* SleepCute
* TheVerse: Most, if not all, of the creator's work shares the same world with the same characters. Evident in the OutOfFocus above.
* TinyGuyHugeGirl
* {{Tsundere}}: The girl. (incredibly so.)
* TwoGamersOnACouch: The Japanese, male-and-female version.
* WillTheyOrWontThey: [[spoiler: they did.]]
* {{Yonkoma}}
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