FFD: What games would you use to get others in to gaming?

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For many of us, gaming can be like a drug; something we become addicted to. We devour gaming news, want to play all the newest games, we keep playing old ones we love – and sometimes, it’s a relationship that can even be abusive.

Before it gets to that point though, many people need an introduction to games, something that draws them in – a sort of gateway drug. My own introduction (and subsequent addiction) to games came early on, thanks to the Atari 2600 and my need to chase high scores in Centipede.

These days though, there are so many games, on so many platforms that it’s daunting for somebody who perhaps has only a mild interest in games to jump in. People need guidance. Pretend for a moment that you’re a pusher. What games would you introduce to people as a way to get them interested in this hobby you love?

Perhaps something you could show your mom or dad, so they can understand games a little better. Perhaps something for your non-gaming partner so that the two of you could co-op.

Here, I think, is where VR will in some ways prove itself – in many ways, similarly to how the Wii did. Because of how it directly ties in with and tricks human brains, It’s far easier for somebody not versed in games to grasp, because it’s so visceral, and with the right controllers, so natural; you’re doing the same sort of things you’d do in the real world.

But it’s not the only way to get somebody interested in games – and they don’t have to be mobile games like Candy Crush. I’ve gotten people hooked on musical puzzler Lumines which scratches that Tetris itch (with better beats!), and have sold countless people on the joys of Kingdom Rush and Plants vs Zombies. I’ve even got my dear old, games-hating mum hooked on Peggle.

Pretend for a moment that you’re a pusher. What games would you introduce to people as a way to get them interested in this hobby you love?

Last Updated: January 4, 2017

Geoffrey Tim

Editor. I'm old, grumpy and more than just a little cynical. One day, I found myself in possession of a NES, and a copy of Super Mario Bros 3. It was that game that made me realise that games were more than just toys to idly while away time - they were capable of being masterpieces. I'm here now, looking for more of those masterpieces.

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