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#1 Posted by BSw (252 posts) -

@dusker said:

What a disaster. I didn't realize that people who don't play games basically can't use dual analog controllers.


I can't believe people are actually suggesting Dark Souls, anyone who's truly new at games will be overwhelmed and quickly give up.

If you want to get someone into games who's never held a controller before should at the very first learn how to use a controller. What you need is a game where you can move around without having to think about things such as timing.

Portal is the perfect game for an absolute beginner. From the start of the game you can just move around learning the controls, which, apart from the dual analog movement of any first person game, are extremely simple. There's almost no timing and no punishment involved in the whole game, so you won't ever get frustrated. The rules of the game are very simple and are laid out at the start. And besides all that, it's a great short game so anyone can finish it.

After that it's Skyrim; first on an easy difficulty and, as the player gets more experienced, he can turn up the difficulty up to a medium setting. The game is long enough that the player will get enough experience to make this possible. Skyrim is very simple and repetitive, and it can easily last over 100 hours so a newbie will get plenty of experience. It has huge breadth but I find it's not really deep, which is perfect for someone who wants to learn a lot. And after Skyrim I think you can play anything (except Dark Souls, please not Dark Souls).

I agree. My girlfriend has over the years started to do plays some games, and she hadn't really played a lot of games at all before that. 3D games in general were too hard to start with, as controlling them just isn't intuitive if you've never done it before. What really worked though, were the latest installments of Rayman. It's clear what you have to do, it increases its difficulty nicely, the controls are easy to understand, it controls very well, it's a great environment to be in (both visually and audibly), it doesn't provide too many options so that it becomes overwhelming, there is no time pressure. Good platformers like these have shown to work well for her.

Once you make the switch to 3D, then Portal 1 and 2 are indeed great suggestions, although perhaps not to completion. Again there is no time pressure, there aren't too many options, you can explore at your own pace, etc. I would say more childlike, easy-to-explore 3D games, such as Spyro, Mini Ninjas, etc. are good starting points as well. No pressure, lots of exploring on your own pace, easy to understand controls, etc.

As a follow up to those, I agree that Skyrim could be a good suggestion, although it's of course introducing a whole new complication on top of the actual gameplay, which is getting to understand relatively complex RPG mechanics. I would perhaps sooner go for Bulletstorm, Darksiders, Bioshock Infinite, Batman Arkham Asylum, Assassin's Creed 2, those type of games.

Burnout 3 was something she understood almost instantly, so perhaps racing games are a good way to start getting a feel for 3D environments. Furthermore, I also think games like THPS 2 and 3 could work at this stage to improve their responsiveness.

Dark Souls would be at the very end of my suggestion list. Although I have played games all my life (though not too many deep RPGs), Dark Souls was too complex and explained far too little for me to truly get a grasp for the entire game, despite the fantastic and addictive gameplay. Either exploring for many additional hours or having to relatively often look online for suggestions and explanations are fun if you're into it, but absolutely not for newcomers. On top of that, the fights - although fair - are obviously very hard master with many, many inevitable deaths followed by having to play the entire part again and again and again, which can easily demotivate them. You need visible progress to stay motivated, and getting real progress in Dark Souls requires a lot of effort and patience, especially from newcomers. If they even get as far, the Taurus Demon (or alternatively Havel) will get most of them to give up.

Obviously, there are many genres of games (many of which not yet mentioned). I believe taking into consideration which type of games the newcomer is interested in should be a very important part of the suggestion with which games to start. Then, if possible, start with 2D installments and focus on simple and responsive controls, not too many options, no pressure, etc., so that they can explore on their own terms. After that, gradually increase complexity in one direction or another to provide more challenging tasks. That's how real learning happens. You can then go deeper into that direction, or broaden their horizon by providing a different type of game.

In addition, watching other people play helps quite a bit as well. I'm currently replaying Dark Souls and explaining my girlfriend when she's watching what I am doing and why. As long as I don't go into too many Dark Souls-specific aspects, this will teach her some of the general rules of RPGs/3D adventure games, making it easier to understand mechanics in general.

#2 Posted by BSw (252 posts) -

To answer the question in your title, no I would not be a video game character. You live a shitty life where you're getting killed all the time, and once you finish the story your life ends and the only way you can continue living is to restart the story: groundhogs day style. So fuck that

To answer the question in the body of your thread. I would be a random corpse that you would find in a game that was solely created to be dead/lifeless. Because death is preferable to what I detailed in my first paragraph.

Not if you live in Barbie's Dreamhouse. Life would just be awesome all the time. Think of all the shoes and matching accessories.

#3 Posted by BSw (252 posts) -

I never played much of W1, but I remember watching my dad play the hell out of it back in the days. My brother, dad and I sometimes still quote from that game. I loved playing W2 and W3.

I tried to play W1 on my laptop some time ago, and it was unfortunately unplayable for me. If I remember correctly, it was extremely slow. W2 I played for a fair bit one or two years ago, it still works pretty well, although I believe scrolling through a level went much faster than it should. I would recommend to at least check it out to get an idea of the origins of Warcraft, and if you get used to it, to even finish it. And although I haven't played W3 for years, I believe everybody else here when they say it holds up well.

So yeah, go for W2 and W3.

#4 Posted by BSw (252 posts) -

@almostswedish: Many (if not all) European and US air flight companies have already declared not to fly over the Ukraine at all anymore, so at least you don't have to worry about that.

#5 Posted by BSw (252 posts) -

@wolfgame said:

Got credit on my account , about 40$ that I need to use by the 15th so ill pick up some games. I didn't know the points redeemed on prepaid cards would expire a year after they transited to just using USD values. Time to get some games.

Wait, seriously? What a bunch of clowns. Well, time to get some games, then.

#6 Posted by BSw (252 posts) -

How is it this is found out just now? A product launch always comes with new, unknown issues, but don't developers have trial discs and other test equipment to account for issues such as these before launching a game? Or did they know this beforehand and launched it accepting the fault?

#7 Edited by BSw (252 posts) -

That's rough.

As people are already saying: it is key to keep on going and not to end up sitting at home doing nothing. That really kills your future prospects. So if you would be alright with volunteering, do so (either there or at another place) and keep on gathering experience. You learn more from it, and possible future employers will see that you are somebody who is willing to work and will not give up if life gives you lemons (and who has valuable experience, obviously). One or more (either full- or part-time) studies/courses might help as well if you can find them for free or relatively cheap. Everything to keep you in the process of developing yourself is better than not doing it.

What worries me a bit is that you say people without any experience are getting the jobs you are after. Is this because they are better educated, or is there another reason for it? Because if you seriously don't know, there might be a problem in the way you apply for jobs (CV and cover letter) or in the way you handle interviews. The best way to gain intelligence on this is to always ask for feedback if you are turned down by a possible employer.

Also, have you considered a job/career in a different area than you are currently looking? The job market is rough right now, and there might be jobs in your neighbourhood that you are fit for, but for which you are not actively looking. Broaden your horizon. Again, anything to develop even slightly in the direction in which you want to develop is better than nothing. And in this case, it pays. Another related option is to re-educate yourself in a more desirable area and completely switch careers.

Finally, how much do you network? Getting to know other people and making them like you can help a ton in finding a position. If somebody hears about a position you might be qualified for, a word from them can be 100 times more powerfull than you sending in an application. It might be hard at first (I still don't really like networking just for the purpose of networking), but it can work miracles.

Just make sure you never give up. It is much too easy to blame others for your misfortune, even if there is some truth to it. It is you who needs to continuously put in an effort to get there where you want to be. That might sound silly and a bit like I think you don't put in enough effort (which I of course don't know anything about), but as I said: it is incredibly easy to give up by blaming others, but you are the only one who is going to suffer from it if you let that happen. So make sure you keep on gaining knowledge and/or experience.

Hope this helps, best of luck with your efforts.

#8 Edited by BSw (252 posts) -

Nowadays it is much more accepted because so many people play video games, but I understand why you wouldn't open with it. Talk about stuff that you both like. You can name it in one of your future conversations if it happens to come up, but just don't make a big deal out of it. If she doesn't know anything about it and isn't really interested in it, nothing is lost, just carry on and focus on stuff you both like (movies, sports, whatever). And if she is interested to hear more about it, you have something new to talk about. Just remember that it's not important if she doesn't care for it, because if you two are interested in each other, you need to focus on combined interests anyway.

And regarding the title: it is nothing to be ashamed of to do something you like. Just don't steer the conversation in the direction of games if you are with people who aren't interested in them. It's not rocket science that that doesn't help either of you having a good time.

Best of luck!

#9 Posted by BSw (252 posts) -

I can imagine that's a horrible feeling. But the solution has been given by multiple people already: get out there. Go to places and meet people. I know that it's a lot easier not to go out there saying that you will fail anyway, that you don't want to, etc., but it is THE way to find new people. Yes, you will meet a lot of people you will not care about and vice versa, but remember that you are only there to find the few that are actually interesting. And yes, it will be hard in the beginning, but you will get better at it. Just don't be afraid to fail.

As has already been suggested: finds sport clubs, hobby clubs, cooking clubs, and what have you not in your neighbourhood. Go out and meet people.