If you are an avid gamer, there is a good chance that you fell in love with gaming almost immediately. This is why you may find it a bit difficult to deal with people who don’t share this passion. At the same time, there are probably quite a few people in your life who just aren’t into gaming. If this is a close friend or a significant other, then it can be a tricky business to deal. Well, luckily, you may be able to convince them about how awesome gaming is. That is, of course, as long as you follow the guidelines mentioned below:
Explain Your Reasons
The first thing you need to do is to explain to your friend or partner why you would like them to start playing video games with you. After all, if this isn’t something that they find naturally entertaining, they may see no reason to take up this pastime. Break it down for them so that they are able to understand your true intentions. Tell them that by playing video games together, the both of you will be able to spend more time having fun. You can also inform them that by sharing your passion, the other person will be able to understand you a bit better too.
Find the Right Entry Point
The next thing you need to figure out is the right way to introduce your friend or significant other to video games. This can be done by appealing to what they find most interesting. For instance, are they a bookworm? If so, try to get them interested in books based on games. Or, if they prefer something more visual, try to find a movie (that is actually good) that has video games origins. If your friend or significant other is more technologically or mechanically inclined, you can always try putting together a gaming computer. Try to figure out what makes the other person tick and use it as a gateway to introducing them to video games.
PC vs. Console Games
This is an argument that has been raging on for quite a while, as most gamers will know. This is why you will find that people on either side of the conversation are not willing to give up their stance. So, you may have an opinion that you are not going to budge on. Despite how you may feel, though, it is important to avoid placing your feelings on PC or console games onto someone else.
Instead, let them select what they are most comfortable with. There are some individuals who may find that console controllers are easier to hold. On the other hand, there may be those that are simply more comfortable with a keyboard they are already familiar with. It can be helpful to introduce newcomers to both options and let them come to a conclusion about what they prefer.
Be Careful About Your Game Selection
Now, one of the main ways gamers get it wrong when trying to get others introduced to gaming is to select the wrong game. While you may be tempted to share your favorite game with them, remember, it may not be what is right for that person. Therefore, you really need to think carefully before setting up a game for someone else.
As you can imagine, the first thing that you will need to focus on is ease. If you try to have a newbie play a complicated game, they will end up failing quite a bit. As a result, they will quickly lose interest in the game and maybe, even gaming itself. This is why you should always stick with a game that has few rules, can be maneuvered easily, and has a background story that is simple enough to pick up.
Then, it is a matter of type and category. First-person shooter games are often a classic choice as these are skills that people can pick up rather easily. If this is the direction you are going in, there are a few things to keep in mind. One of these is that you should try to focus on shooting games that don’t involve virtual people – aliens, zombies, and similar entities are fine, but not humans. See, although you may have become desensitized to the action, someone else may not feel as comfortable shooting video game people. So, keep this in mind too.
Another point to focus on is the genre. Here, you will need to think about what your friend is interested in the most. If they prefer artistry and color, consider a game that has excellent graphics that bring the game to life. On the other hand, if they are all about plot, pick a game that has a well-developed storyline. By selecting the right game to begin with, you will find that it is a lot easier to get your friend into video games.
Start with the Basics
As an advanced gamer, it can be difficult to recall your humble beginnings. This is why you may skip straight to the more “important” tactics when it comes to playing video games. Although this may seem logical to you, remember that the person you are trying to teach doesn’t really have a gamer background. Thus, they won’t really know much about the basics. So, to prevent them from feeling lost when playing, teach them the basic controls, buttons, and moves. Also, give them time to get the hang of it so that it feels more natural to them.
Be a Good Teacher
This is perhaps one of the hardest points to stick to – it isn’t easy to teach people new skills or tricks. Therefore, you may find yourself becoming frustrated, shouting out orders, or just hassling your student in general. Well, it is time to put an end to those tactics now.
Instead, exercise patience and think back to when you first started playing video games. You probably took a while to learn the necessary skills so it is only fair that you show your friend or partner the same respect. The other thing you will need to do is to let your pupil ask as many questions as they want to, even if it is the same query over and over again. This is the only way they will actually learn.
Keep It Fun
As a gamer, you probably take your video games pretty seriously. This is why every win and every loss is probably so significant to you. It is also why you can forget that gaming can be a lighthearted pastime as well. If you want your significant other or friend to really enjoy playing video games, then you need to make sure that it is fun for them. Offer them plenty of praise and keep the laughter going. As they have a great time, they are more likely to want to keep playing.
Leave Them To It
The other thing that you may be tempted to do is to hover over the person you are trying to teach. This means that you will end up correcting them or shouting commands constantly. Well, this isn’t going to help them learn the required skills any faster. In fact, it may just end up flustering them further. So, once you have laid out what they need to do, make yourself scarce by trying to find something else to do. You should only go to them if they ask for your help. Until then, leave them alone and let them enjoy themselves.
Don’t Overload on the First Day
Since you have probably been playing for years, you may be able to play for hours at a time. Of course, just because you happen to lose track of time while playing video games, that doesn’t mean everyone else should too. This is why it is a good idea to pace beginners. Let them play for an hour or so on the first day and then let them walk away. If they want to keep playing, though, go ahead and let them. Also, give them the freedom to walk away whenever they feel like they’ve had enough.
Just Give Them Time
On a similar note, you really shouldn’t force your partner or friend to like video games. Let them take their time to decide whether this is something they want to do. If they find that it is still not fun enough, then so be it. However, even if they do like video games, avoid trying to get them to play every day or for hours on end. Let your friend or significant other construct their own schedule.
As you can see, there are quite a few steps to follow when it comes to introducing somebody to the world of gaming. It may feel a little frustrating to even consider all the stages you need to go through but rest assured, it will be well worth your effort. By doing things the right way, there is a greater chance that the people in your life will fall in love with video games naturally.