How to: Get a Girl Into Gaming
It’s time to take action. The easiest way to get your significant other to accept your passions, is for her to become passionate as well. But, how? This topic has been debated countless times, and remains one of the truest mysteries in gaming. How exactly do you get girls into video games? Here’s a short list of some of the best ideas I have come across:
5. Introduce her to an MMORPG. This method seems to work pretty well, depending on how accepting the girl is of new ideas. The important thing with this strategy is to play up the “social” aspects of the game, and how much time you both will get to spend together exploring an imaginary world. Be sure to let her create her own character, as I doubt she wants to play as your level 70 Orcish Blood Warrior.
4. Start her off with “training wheels”. You want to introduce her to games that are incredibly simple. Not that she isn’t intelligent enough to understand complex games (she’s probably smarter than you are), but girls by tradition seem to shy away from games with deep learning curves. Cooperative games are exceptionally good in this regard. As funny as you might think it would be to run her over countless times in the Warthog, just remember she is playing this game as a way to get closer to you. Jerk.
3. Know what she likes. It’s really not that hard. Does she really like Lord of the Rings? Show her the game. Does she love crossword puzzles? Show her Bookworm Adventures. Cater your game choices based on her hobbies, and it’s a surefire way to get her interested.
2. Party games. I can basically put the word “Nintendo” here as well. The Wii is a great new way to get her into games, as it uses many of the same principles listed in the options above. Girls seem to be drawn to the “social” aspects rather than the core game play. So invite a bunch of friends over, crank up some DDR and Wario Party, and the rest will pretty much take care of itself.
1. Find out what games she might have played before, especially in her childhood. This method may not work for you older readers, but the Gen Y-ers will definitely have a place to start. There are very few younger women that have never, ever, played a video game before. Whether it was Mario on the NES, or Tetris on their graphing calculators at school, you can usually find some gaming experience that she remembers with fondness. Once you know what she used to love, then all you have to do is make the extra effort to attain whatever game that was. Once she starts playing that game again, she will be much more amiable to other titles as well.
So there you have it. I think the key point in all of these is knowing your girl’s tastes. So sit down, start talking, and maybe you’ll be able to get her into gaming yet. Then maybe she will be able to forgive you for forgetting your anniversary again, maybe.