Games, and my wife

So, my wife is a gamer. She isn't the go out on day one and buy the newest system and or game that interest her kind of gamer. She is the "I love this franchise and therefore will play my favorite games from my childhood over and over again". Specifically, the legend of Zelda games. Christmas of 2006 I lost her for three days as she played straight through Twilight Princess to completion. I had never before seen her dedicated to a game this much in our lives so I was excited to try and give her new Zelda experiences. I was never a kid that had a Nintendo system when I was younger, and as an adult I only bought a Wii for my wife, but I had heard of a few Zelda games here and there that I was pretty sure she would fall in love with. So I went out one day a few weeks ago on the hunt for all of the Zelda games that I could come across for all platforms. I got a DSi XL (Cause its hella cheap right now), and was actually able to find Windwaker, Spirit Tracks, and got Ocarina of time for the virtual Console. The problem that I ran into with getting all excited and going out and getting all of these games it that she doesn't like the different off shoot Zelda formula games, and was only excited about playing the games that were basically exactly like Ocarina of Time. Thus, my trek was deemed a failure because while trying to get her into other kinds of Zelda games, (And hopefully eventually some other kinds of games) turns out that she only wants to play what she wants to play. She did however completely enjoy watching me play both Okami, and Darksiders twice. So........maybe there is hope for this. Wish me luck.

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Posted by Jnorman

So, my wife is a gamer. She isn't the go out on day one and buy the newest system and or game that interest her kind of gamer. She is the "I love this franchise and therefore will play my favorite games from my childhood over and over again". Specifically, the legend of Zelda games. Christmas of 2006 I lost her for three days as she played straight through Twilight Princess to completion. I had never before seen her dedicated to a game this much in our lives so I was excited to try and give her new Zelda experiences. I was never a kid that had a Nintendo system when I was younger, and as an adult I only bought a Wii for my wife, but I had heard of a few Zelda games here and there that I was pretty sure she would fall in love with. So I went out one day a few weeks ago on the hunt for all of the Zelda games that I could come across for all platforms. I got a DSi XL (Cause its hella cheap right now), and was actually able to find Windwaker, Spirit Tracks, and got Ocarina of time for the virtual Console. The problem that I ran into with getting all excited and going out and getting all of these games it that she doesn't like the different off shoot Zelda formula games, and was only excited about playing the games that were basically exactly like Ocarina of Time. Thus, my trek was deemed a failure because while trying to get her into other kinds of Zelda games, (And hopefully eventually some other kinds of games) turns out that she only wants to play what she wants to play. She did however completely enjoy watching me play both Okami, and Darksiders twice. So........maybe there is hope for this. Wish me luck.

Posted by Gamer_152

Good luck duder. Maybe she'll enjoy Skyward Sword.

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Posted by Enigma777

Strange... Wind Waker is a lot like OoT... but better.

Posted by Sin4profit

@Jnorman said:

...I was excited to try and give her new Zelda experiences.

...zip.

Posted by Aetheldod

Different Zeldas but all... Zelda games are the ... same ? What? D: Im confused

Edited by BraveToaster

If she play what she wants to play, then let her. She sounds competent enough to make decisions on her own.

Posted by sesquipedalophobe

Wind Waker was the absolute best Zelda game, but drugs helped make the colors and sounds prettier.

Posted by SethPhotopoulos

@Aetheldod said:

Different Zeldas but all... Zelda games are the ... same ? What? D: Im confused

There is 3d, then there is 2d, then there is 3d with boats.

Posted by Jnorman

I figure I will start playing wind waker myself and let her watch for a while until she gets frustrated with the way I am playing and takes the controller.

Posted by Rheinmetall

Good luck! You know you are already lucky enough to have a wife who is a gamer.

I think that I have the same problem as your wife. I only want to play Final Fantasy games that are like FFVII, Resident Evil games like RE 2, Castlevania games that are like Symphony of the Night, and so on.

Posted by amomjc

If I enjoyed the Phantom Hourglass, but didn't like Twilight Princess, will I like Windwaker?

Posted by BoG
@csoup said:

If I enjoyed the Phantom Hourglass, but didn't like Twilight Princess, will I like Windwaker?


If you liked Majora's Mask, but you didn't like Oracle of Seasons, you will like Wind Waker.
Posted by ThePaleKing
@csoup:  Well, Phantom Hourglass is basically a sequel to Wind Waker, or at least based in the same world--whereas Twilight Princess is nothing like it. So yeah. 
Posted by amomjc

@BoG said:

@csoup said:

If I enjoyed the Phantom Hourglass, but didn't like Twilight Princess, will I like Windwaker?

If you liked Majora's Mask, but you didn't like Oracle of Seasons, you will like Wind Waker.

Never played either, so I'll give it a shot.@ThePaleKing said:

@csoup: Well, Phantom Hourglass is basically a sequel to Wind Waker, or at least based in the same world--whereas Twilight Princess is nothing like it. So yeah.

Ah, cool. Thanks!

Posted by Fizzy

I only played three zelda games. The one for SNES, Majora's Mask, and Ocarina of Time. I never completed any of them though, I was kind of little when I played them, I used to like chasing around the chickens on the farm. :D

Posted by Galiant

@Jnorman: HOW ARE THEY DIFFERENT? It's all the fucking same. Your wife has a weird and extremely limited taste in games. Good on you for trying to "broaden her horizons", which doesn't even make sense, since you essentially gave her more of the same and she still rejects it.

I'm all kinds of upset about this for no particular reason.

Posted by lazyturtle

Seems like the perfect opportunity to sit down with a game of your own for a few days...

Posted by TekZero

Good luck, and you're already lucky.

My wife views games as the ultimate waste of time. This is a girl that thinks going to the movies as a waste of time and money. I get shit for playing WoW at 11pm for an hour because there are better things I could be doing.

Edited by RIDEBIRD

@TekZero: Jesus christ.

@Jnorman: Well, it seems like Nintendo at least has one fan that will be enjoying the same game over and over and over again! http://instantrimshot.com/

Posted by bombHills

Good luck with that! My wife likes games so long as there is no camera or look control. So side scrollers, puzzlers, and such are her cup of tea. Sometimes she will be adventurous and try a FPS, usually ends with her either looking at the sky or the ground. I know she could grasp the controls if she just stuck with it...