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
- 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 issue.
- 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
- One 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 games.
- The 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.
- Not everyone has to love the same
stuff, but we should be respectful of other people’s
- 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 titles.
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