I've been playing and loving and talking about games non-stop since I was fetus+ but neither of my parents have ever touched a game in their lives. It may help the story to add that we are immigrants, and my mother's English is fine for a third language but her ability to understand program UI is slight, at best.
One year ago my mom got an iPad for Christmas. Periodically I had to help her with network settings or convince her it's not dangerous to install an app update but that was the extent of our tech interactions.
Then: today. Ten minutes ago.
We're on the phone making sure I'm coming for super on Sunday when BANG! she starts dropping bombs, telling me she downloaded Temple of Doom (Temple Run) and The Sims but that she literally can get past the first seconds of either game. I do some basic explaining but literally the whole time I've got this huge dumb smile on my face - my mom has never, ever asked me anything about games or expressed interest in playing them. I tell her stuff I like, she says "interesting!" and that's that.
Anyways I think I just experienced one of those "wide reach of technology creates new gamers" thing and I wanted to share my experience with the duders. Sorry for getting so corny on y'all.
I'm sure many others have experienced this recently (or not so recently) so yeah...share! Also, any recommendations of simple games for 1st-time gamers would be great.