Random Babblings: How to Get Your Woman to Game


posted 2/20/2004 by Charlie Sinhaseni
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With the new mainstream crossovers in videogaming and popular culture it probably shouldn’t be too difficult to find something that your girlfriend can associate with. Find something out there that she like. Is she a tennis fiend? Then pick up that copy of Top Spin so that you can both enjoy it. Sure, EA doesn’t make a Dawson’s Creek video game but Konami does make a karaoke game. Everyone loves to sing and she’ll be begging you to play it just so that you can serenade her time after time. After then it’s only a matter of time until she gets curious and will want to steal the headset from you for a little bit of Britney Spears’ impersonating. When all else fails pick up a copy of Dance Dance Revolution for her to play. You've seen the babes crowd around it at the Arcades and they'll bring that unexplicable attraction to the home game as well. It's also a very physical game that will encourage you to get up off of the couch to participate. As an added bonus she'll have a new workout device too so you can always invite her over for a game whenever she's feeling out of shape. Sure beats the hell out of sitting around alone on a Saturday night while your girl heads to the gym.

Yes, the music is crap. But at least I get to watch my girl bounce up and down.

After you ease her in with something that she can relate to find some other games that appeal to her tastes. My girlfriend is a huge fan of Japanese super chibby deformed characters so I decided to let her borrow my GameCube and a copy of Animal Crossing. After a few hours of gameplay she was begging for me to buy her some Animal Crossing cards so that she could unlock newer and better items in the game. If you don’t have a GameCube you could easily replicate the same scenario with a copy of The Sims or its sequel The Sims Bustin’ Out. Not only will she be playing a game that doesn’t require lighting quick reflexes, it’ll help ease her into the gamer’s mentaility while familiarizing her with the layout of the controller. From there you’ll be able to move her onto the move advanced levels of gaming.

What Not to Do: Don’t, and I repeat this, don’t ease your girlfriend into the gaming scene with a racing game. As simple and appealing as this sounds the racing scene has come quite a long way in recent years. Most of the vehicles handle realistically and the learning curve in a game like Project Gotham 2 or even Need For Speed: Underground is difficult for newbies to handle. As you watch your girlfriend plow into wall after endless wall you’ll start to become frustrated and will want to take over to show her how it’s done. However, in doing so you’re coming off as an impatient jerk who can’t handle a little bit of failure.

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