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A female employee of Australian internet service provider Internode has used the February 29th loophole that says women can propose to men to pop the question – inside Team Fortress 2 (TF2).

Internode tells that employee Taryn Hicks dropped a line to Valve co-founder Gabe Newell to ask about a virtual ring that would be sold in-game for $100, thinking that she could surprise her TF2-obsessed boyfriend Derek Adams on the big day. Newell arranged for an account to be issued, complete with free ring (pictured below).

Team Fortress 2 engagement ring

Taryn then logged on to the game and initiated a trade, which Derek ignored until Taryn got rather insistent, as the following chat transcript provided by Internode records.

TARYN: “Accept my trade!”

DEREK: “No!”

TARYN: “Accept my trade, b#*!h!”

DEREK: “No! Stop it! I’m trying to cap!”

Taryn (playing as Pyro) then sets fire to Derek (playing as Scout).

TARYN:NOW YOU'RE DEAD! ACCEPT MY TRADE WHILE YOU'RE IN SPAWN DAMMIT!" DEREK: “FIIIIIIIIINE”

Taryn then did the down-on-one-knee thing in the Internet café the pair were visiting.

After repairing to a restaurant, Derek agreed to the proposal.

The pair are yet to set a date for their nuptials, but Taryn said the ceremony will be “very nerdy.” ®

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