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#1 Posted by Erk_Forever (157 posts) -

My friend sits around basically doing nothing with herself and being sort of boring, so, I figured I could try to illuminate her life with the great hobby of gaming. I'm thinking of games that are pretty accessible and have a pretty low learning curve. All the games I think of are a little too hard for her. When I say that I don't mean she isn't smart enough for them, but, minor challenges in life infuriate and frustrate her. Any suggestions?

#2 Posted by SomeDeliCook (2232 posts) -

Give a girl Fable 2 or The Sims and they'll be entertained for hours. I'm actually really glad a new Sims game comes out every few months so I can keep my wife occupied and happy while I play my own games =)

#3 Posted by Ghostiet (5228 posts) -

Ever thought of playing fighting games together? Or Wipeout?

Also, I suggest playing anything in co-op. Anything, really, she might suck, but my girlfriend also sucked at games for a long while and it didn't stop her from having a lot of fun.

#4 Posted by falserelic (5334 posts) -

Duke Nukem Forever. I'm sure she'll have loads of fun with that game. Even though I wish we had gotten this version of DNF.

#5 Posted by Erk_Forever (157 posts) -

@Ghostiet said:

Ever thought of playing fighting games together? Or Wipeout?

Also, I suggest playing anything in co-op. Anything, really, she might suck, but my girlfriend also sucked at games for a long while and it didn't stop her from having a lot of fun.

The fighting games things is a really good idea. I don't normally play them so I won't have a huge leg up. she gets pretty frustrated on co-op too. Know any good non shooters? That's most of what I play.

#6 Edited by Toxeia (729 posts) -

Witcher 1. You're welcome.

Actually, without knowing anything else other than female, it's hard to say. Would something classic do it for her? Maybe something from the NES era? Could she handle something with a few more mechanics?

#7 Posted by Erk_Forever (157 posts) -

@Toxeia said:

Witcher 1. You're welcome.

The image of rage that has brought to my mind makes me smile.

#8 Edited by Ghostiet (5228 posts) -
@Erk_Forever said:

Know any good non shooters? That's most of what I play.

Beat 'em-ups are pretty good, since you can always mash the fuck out of them and most of the time there's an option to get your partner out of a pickle. Marvel Ultimate Alliance is a pretty damn good choice in my opinion.

But yeah, fighting games. Get something mashy like Tekken or with an easy to grasp fighting system like Mortal Kombat.

#9 Posted by Picard (255 posts) -

The Sims, bitches love the Sims.

#10 Edited by kmdrkul (3476 posts) -

Super Mario Bros. for the Wii? Relatively simple game mechanics, plus you both can play on the same screen. I know you said she gets frustrated at co-op games but sidescrollers have way easier controls then shooting games and stuff. In my opinion, fighting games might not be the right choice if she gives up easily. Those games are specifically one-on-one, so if she loses she's probably not going to feel too hot about it...

Oh! And Wii Sports. Everyone loves Wii Sports.

#11 Posted by biggiedubs (493 posts) -

Beyond Good & Evil HD?

I'd say your best bet is something that isn't mired with mechanics and has a (decent) female protagonist, or at least the potential to make the protagonist female. That or just some causal multiplayer game stuff, there's some decent stuff in the XBLIG category if you can find them. Stuff like Mamotte Knight /Protect Me Knight, B.U.T.T.O.N or They Came From The Ground.

#12 Posted by SgtGrumbles (1024 posts) -

I guess the same things you'd suggest to a male friend who wasn't that into games.

#13 Posted by falling_fast (2190 posts) -

Portal?

#14 Posted by Dtat (1623 posts) -

@Erk_Forever: What console(s) do you own? That will determine what kinds of suggestions I can give.

What sort of personality does she have? Would she enjoy a beat'em'up or any kind of game based on beating the shit out of baddies? Cause if not, that directs your choices a lot. Nintendo games are always a great introduction proper into vidja games.

#15 Posted by Ghost_Cat (1396 posts) -

By the sound of it, you should be more concern about getting her motivated to do something productive rather than just play games.

#16 Posted by Erk_Forever (157 posts) -

@Ghost_Cat: I probably should have specified in her free time. You know what they say though. There are two types of people in the world. People who can infer from incomplete data

#17 Posted by Erk_Forever (157 posts) -

@biggiedubs: Beyond good and Evil is exactly what I had in mind. I saw it browsing games on steam and it was like seeing 1 + 1 = 2

#18 Posted by Zleunamme (652 posts) -

@Ghost_Cat said:

By the sound of it, you should be more concern about getting her motivated to do something productive rather than just play games.

I agree with this statement. If the OP cares about his friend. He needs to have a conversation with her about what is going on. Not try to push her to like stuff that he likes.

#19 Posted by Deusx (1903 posts) -

Dark Souls

#20 Edited by Erk_Forever (157 posts) -

@Zleunamme said:

@Ghost_Cat said:

By the sound of it, you should be more concern about getting her motivated to do something productive rather than just play games.

I agree with this statement. If the OP cares about his friend. He needs to have a conversation with her about what is going on. Not try to push her to like stuff that he likes.

I agree. OP clearly doesn't give two shits about his friend, and would not address an issues such as doing nothing with her life. Everyone knows school and work count as the sort of activities that do not constitute boring. Furthermore, I enjoy contributing irrelevant information.

#21 Posted by Ghost_Cat (1396 posts) -

@Erk_Forever: Sorry if I misinterpreted the information. But what game to suggest? I say check out PSN's collection of downloadable games. I remember a lot of them being simple, fun, and with co-op. Mario Kart is always a sure-fire with the ladies.

#22 Edited by rockyhorrorgerri (373 posts) -

The lego series; Indiana Jones, Star Wars, Batman, Harry Potter, Pirates, LOTR....

They're cute puzzle/action games which girls like... including myself :D and even has split-screen co-op so you could join in the achievement binge with her!!

Umm Portal 1 and 2 are simplistic once you learn the new dynamics. Not physically demanding and portal 2 blew my mind. No lie. The game's dynamics are crazy enough to where she'll be hooked for hours.

Also lots of XBLA games like fez and undergarden only (240 ms points)

#23 Posted by BaneFireLord (2913 posts) -

I introduced several female friends to the Elder Scrolls and Fallout games. They loved them.

#24 Posted by wjb (1645 posts) -

Yo, I heard Borderlands 2 is gonna have a girlfriend mode, but I don't know if that applies to "non-girlfriends" too. I'll ask and get back atcha.

#25 Posted by Xolare (1274 posts) -

Dating Sims

#26 Posted by Erk_Forever (157 posts) -

@Ghost_Cat: I was thinking of turning her on to Journey and Flower. I haven't played them, but, have heard pretty good things. I'm trying to look more towards co-op stuff where I can play a support role and enable her; she told me she doesn't like to feel like she's bringing me down in games, so, if I find a way to subtly enable be the key to victory she may have more fun. This way I can sort of wipe up her mistakes, and at the same time give her that positive feed-back from winning.

#27 Posted by NinjaBerd (221 posts) -

The Mario Party series if you have a Wii. I have several non-gaming female friends you go nuts for those games.

#28 Posted by Erk_Forever (157 posts) -

@wjb: Are pulling my chain?

#29 Posted by Fobwashed (1917 posts) -

As crazy as it may seem, some people are just not into gaming nor will they ever be. I've got close to no interest in sports even though I used to play them and I'm sure that's just as weird to sports fans as it is to think that there are people not into games. My lady is pretty much not into games at all and she's even made an effort to try them since I'm so into em but no dice. That being said, Nintendogs and Animal Crossing would be my initial suggestions along side some really casual stuff like bejeweled and peggle. If she's willing, have her try a variety of things until you can figure out what types of games she may be into.

Also, I'd stay away initially from games that require any kind of precise controller or mouse/keyboard use like 1st or 3rd person games as for the uninitiated, those controls are pretty daunting.

#30 Posted by wjb (1645 posts) -

@Erk_Forever said:

@wjb: Are pulling my chain?

Yes and no. Borderlands 2 is going to be awesome, so play it! Even if she's just watching, man, it's Borderlands 2. What is she going to do, not watch Borderlands 2? Pfft...

#31 Posted by The_Nubster (2053 posts) -

@Zleunamme said:

@Ghost_Cat said:

By the sound of it, you should be more concern about getting her motivated to do something productive rather than just play games.

I agree with this statement. If the OP cares about his friend. He needs to have a conversation with her about what is going on. Not try to push her to like stuff that he likes.

Are we really playing pseudo-therapist here? In a thread about videogames?

Motherfucker.

Has it ever occurred to you two that OP and friend are at an age where, perhaps, they don't have many responsibilities and can do what they want? Young teens, for example? Or maybe, when OP says that she sits around being bored, he means after school/work?

But obviously no. Forget that he's trying to get her invested in something fun and interesting from the goodness in his heart. Forget that video games are, at different times, a source of fun, the vessel for an incredible story, and the means to feeling accomplished and fulfilled, among other things. Clearly she's got something awful going on in her personal life and OP is trying to force his dead-end hobby onto her so she can't do anything with her life. That's what's happening, I'll bet. Yeah, definitely that's what's up.

#32 Posted by Erk_Forever (157 posts) -

@wjb said:

@wjb: Are pulling my chain?

@Erk_Forever said:

Yes and no. Borderlands 2 is going to be awesome, so play it! Even if she's just watching, man, it's Borderlands 2. What is she going to do, not watch Borderlands 2? Pfft...

That's a really good point. What was I thinking?

#33 Posted by predator (350 posts) -

Dwarf Fortress.

#34 Posted by j0lter (225 posts) -

If you wanna make her completely stop playing video games forever, give her dark souls lol

#35 Posted by Zleunamme (652 posts) -

I'm really sorry. I went by what the other person said and trying to understand the intention of the post. I shouldn't have jump to conclusions. Good luck finding the game.

Where are you are manners? I wasn't talking to you. I didn't call the OP or you a name. You're make a lot assumptions on what is going on too unless you know OP personally. So I will ask you nicely to back off and have a nice day.

#36 Posted by SpartanHoplite (384 posts) -

WipeOut is pretty easy to learn & fun coop.

#37 Posted by Harkat (1100 posts) -

Dark Souls

#38 Posted by ajamafalous (11871 posts) -

RapeLay

#39 Posted by Example1013 (4834 posts) -

What would she be doing playing video games in the kitchen?

#40 Posted by I_Stay_Puft (3059 posts) -

I always found some girl friends really enjoyed playing the Super Smash Bros Series. Usually its characters they can identify if they are into games or not, plus the social aspect of playing other friends can get pretty fun. Its also not as in-depth as other fighting games so you can play it and have fun with it without thinking too much on mechanics.

#41 Posted by thebipsnbeeps (545 posts) -

Super Monkey Ball for the Gamecube, maybe? The first two games are pretty easy to learn and understand, but it can be a biotch in later levels. The party mode it has great dumb fun (i remember liking Monkey bowling when all else failed). No one in my life talks about how awesome Super Monkey Ball was and is, so play it!

#42 Edited by Dan_CiTi (3188 posts) -

Kirby's Epic Yarn, or Nightmare in/Return to Dreamland, or Dreamland 3. Super Street Fighter IV or Tekken Tag Tournament 2(coming out on the 11th, has really fun tutorial mode). Beyond Good & Evil HD, Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker, New Super Mario Bros. Wii, Pokemon FireRed, Wii Sports (Resort), Elder Scrolls V Skyrim (on easy if need be), Super Smash Bros. series (64 or Brawl), and Mario Kart Wii. Bolded is a co-op/multiplayer game.

#43 Posted by gaminghooligan (1424 posts) -

@Picard said:

The Sims, bitches love the Sims.

#44 Posted by NMC2008 (1231 posts) -

Burgertime, play that, get mad, never play any video game again.

#45 Posted by zombiepenguin9 (529 posts) -

My fiancee is really into the Fable series. Maybe start there?

#46 Edited by NMC2008 (1231 posts) -

Oh ok, I will give you a serious answer. Sounds like some co-op gaming is needed, so start off with some good old TMNT The Arcade Game, see if she digs it or not, then if so move on to The Simpsons Arcade and then X-MEN, if she's digging those then give her the Scott Pilgrim action followed by Castle Crashers. Then you go from there.

If she doesn't dig the beat em ups then move on to Guitar Hero or *sigh* Roooock Baaaaand *sigh*, see if she digs that stuff, if not then she's sure to dig L.A. Noire.

#47 Posted by Mcfart (1563 posts) -

@Xolare said:

Dating Sims

This. With H-scenes if possible.

#48 Posted by hubbache (7 posts) -

Very easy automatic mode in Bayonetta

#49 Posted by GalacticPunt (1026 posts) -

@Erk_Forever said:

minor challenges in life infuriate and frustrate her. Any suggestions?

Tell her to Harden the Fuck Up.

#50 Posted by Flacracker (1603 posts) -

She sits around and does nothing and is bored. You are with her. There are much better things you could be doing besides video games.