Words By Jennifer Dodd.
When you're passionate about something it is amazing to share it with someone, especially the people you're closest to! But what if they are dead against sharing your enthusiasm for gaming? What if they see it as boring..childish...a waste of time? Here's a few ideas for how you can change that!
I've come up with my top 5 ways you can try and encourage your partner/spouse or even just a friend to share your love for video games! This post has been inspired by so many people saying "I wish my girlfriend/boyfriend would play with me!" whenever I get excited that my boyfriend and I have conquered some new challenge in our gaming adventures!
Even people who don't like video games can be tempted by game apps on their phone. Words With Friends and Draw Something are still games derived from Scrabble and Pictionary. Games like these have brought the competitive spirit from the living room 'Parlour games' and made it so you can play with anyone, anywhere. I know couples who are constantly battling it out over these apps in the day when they're separated by work. Eventually, playing games with them will become so natural and using this gate way method will make it a lot easier to introduce more titles.
What interests do you share?
If you both love movies then why not start a game like The Last Of Us or the new Tomb Raider? If your partner gets bored watching you play video games when you're together they may not mind if the game is story rich and you're involving them in the game's choices. A brilliant one for this is Heavy Rain as it plays like a movie. One thing to consider is the difficulty level. Games can quickly become boring to watch if you're dying repeatedly and having to play the same part over and over. If you change your difficulty level to an easier one then the story will flow much more smoothly and will be more viewer friendly!
Offer help but be patient!
You might be the highest level now but you started out like everyone else! A lot of people can be put off by being dragged through the lower levels by their gleaming shiny-geared partner. I'm thinking of MMO's like Destiny and World Of Warcraft here. If you genuinely want your partner to have an enjoyable experience then you might want to start from scratch and play it through with them slowly rather than rushing around to get to the next part as quickly as possible. "Boosting" is not the way if you want them to discover things and learn to love the game like you do! Helping someone choose guns/gear and talking them through how the stats work is much better and develops a better understanding so that one day they can run around gleaming in shiny gear too ;)
Player Vs Player can be so disheartening.
If you've bought a video game and you play video games often then you're not likely to give up straight away. However if you don't usually play games and someone drags you into a COD game and you die 40 times without killing a soul it's bound to put you off. Playing a local game of you vs them and showing them how to use the weapons and getting to know the maps can be really helpful and they'll be fighting at your side (or against you!) in no time :)
Take a trip down memory lane.
Did your partner play any games when they were younger? Maybe Sonic the Hedgehog or Mario 64? These games are still available to purchase and play thanks to retro shops like Level UP. By breaking out the old consoles you can play together and have fun reminiscing about the simpler times! You would be surprised how competitive someone can get when you bring out a classic they aced as a kid!
Video Games aren't for everyone I know! These are just 5 small ways you can gently encourage your partner to take part! I know more and more couples who are playing together. I personally think it's a great way to have a night in but still have adventures! If this is something you're trying to achieve then I wish you luck!
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