Aug 5, 2016
Gaming for Non-Gamers
In this episode:
- After getting a
question from a listener about how to get their spouse to play
games, it got us thinking. There are a whole lot of people out
there who don’t consider themselves gamers. But almost everyone
plays games thanks to smartphones.
- So why don’t they identify as
gamers? Is it because they were never introduced to them? Is is a
negative cultural stereotype?
- One of the biggest hurdles is
simply the controller. The number of buttons and the layout
are super intimidating. Our suggestion is to introduce people to
smartphone games because the interface is something almost everyone
is used to already. Mobile games get around the controller
- Find a gameplay mechanic or IP
that interests you or the person who you want to introduce to
gaming. Do they love Star Wars? Then maybe Star Wars: Angry Birds
is the way to go. Do they like puzzle games? Try Two Dots or Candy
Crush (seriously!). Do you enjoy strategic thinking? Well, Hero
Academy and Bloon Tower Defense are perfect.
of our highest recommendations, however, is to try to introduce
people to gaming using narrative games. Even if they’re not playing
and just watching, they can see what games are capable of. Anything
by Telltale games would be wonderful to start with, as would
Firewatch, Bioshock, or The Last of Us. Even open-world games like
GTA can help people see the immersion possible in video
one thing we get asked a lot is “How do I get my spouse to play
games?” Our answer might surprise you. “Maybe you don’t?” Having
separate hobbies can be a good thing, and if you can talk and
listen about what each of you loves, it’s okay that your spouse
isn’t a gamer.
- Void’s wife is a hardcore knitter, and he has
maybe done 10 stitches in his life. But he still cares, listens,
and understands when she talks about what she loves. While he isn’t
going to be using the awesome new yarn or pattern, he can
appreciate that it means something for her. The same goes for
Beej’s wife. She is a woodworker, and while Beej wouldn’t trust
himself anywhere near a tablesaw, he loves seeing the excitement on
his wife’s face when she finds a new kind of wood with a
particularly beautiful grain.
everyone has to love the same stuff, but we should be respectful of
other people’s interests.
- However, we do There are good on-ramp games
like 80 Days on iOS/Android/PC and pretty much any
Mario Kart game ever. If you want to give gaming a shot to see what
modern gaming can do, we don’t think you can go wrong with those
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