- The Washington Times - Wednesday, April 16, 2008

JERSEY CITY, N.J. (AP) — Hiding a ring in a bouquet just wasn’t good enough when a computer programmer decided to pop the question.

Bernie Pengre programmed Tammy Li’s favorite video game, “Bejeweled,” so a ring and a marriage proposal would show up on the screen when she reached a certain score.

Miss Li reached the score — and said yes.

Word of the romantic feat in December filtered out after Mr. Peng, a financial software programmer, posted details on his blog. The reprogramming task was tricky and took him a month.

“I thought it was pretty cool, in a nerdy way,” Mr. Peng told the Star-Ledger of Newark.

The couple plan to marry over Labor Day weekend. PopCap, the Seattle company that makes “Bejeweled,” will fly the couple to Seattle as part of their honeymoon.

“Most video game companies would frown on people manipulating their games,” said Garth Chouteau, a spokesman for PopCap. “But it won him a woman. As a bunch of geeks, we have to say, ‘Bernie, hats off to you.’ ”

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