But the guys who have been curious about why I’m playing — and why I’ve kept playing — have often impressed me in their interest in this quirky interest of mine.If someone genuinely wants to hear about why I’ve spent countless Saturday mornings hunting for and hatching rare Pokémon, it shows me that they don’t take themselves too seriously, which is a quality I’m looking for in a partner.It seemed like the perfect idea: date an already-close friend. Initially, the problems stemmed from the slow-burn of our relationship and the fact that we never really sat down and defined what we were doing. The unhappy ending to the story is that both of us lost friends over it.

your best friend, but some buddies never pursue a romance out of fear that they'll break up and ruin their relationship in the process. To see how friendships-turned-romances really play out, we asked women what actually happened when they dated their besties.

The results are surprisingly mixed (and occasionally hilarious):"It ruined our friendship""I dated someone I was close friends with in high school from my senior year of high school through my junior year of college.

He became incredibly possessive, wanted to know where I was at all times, and discouraged me from leaving the house without him. Over the course of a few months, I tried to improve things and even suggested counseling, but those attempts only made things worse, and he escalated to hacking into my email to read the messages I was sending to my best friend, in which I detailed my concerns and fear about his behavior.

He went into a rage, accused me of betraying his trust by confiding in her (hundreds of miles away), and told me to leave.

I wish we never did because when we broke up, even though it was amicable, I lost someone that otherwise could have been a friend for life.

He was a really special person, and although it wouldn't have worked out romantically, I would give anything to go back in time and keep him as a friend." —Jessica, 29"It ruined other friendships""Our relationship grew out of a very close friendship, and for a little over a year, it was wonderful. We had different expectations for the relationship, and from there, we were doomed.

John Corpuz flip-flopped between computer science and creative writing courses in school.

As a contributor to Tom's Guide he's found a happy middle ground writing about apps, mobile gaming and other geekery.

The only difference is in real life you have time to immediately correct a faux pas.