I mentioned in my last post that my target audience is girls who either game or are open to the idea of gaming, and also guys who want to share this sort of thing with the girls in their lives.
So I’d like to share a story with you that really sums up the sort of interactions I’m hoping to instigate.
I have a friend at work (who hopefully won’t mind me sharing this) called AB. He saw a status update of mine saying that gamers make the best husbands, and lamented to his wife “why don’t you feel the same way”. Later when he told me about this conversation at work, I suggested he start with small steps – take her to a game store, let her pick anything at all and no matter what type of game or age group it’s targeted at, be supportive and play it together.
About a week or so later, to my surprise, he told me that that’s exactly what they did. His wife picked out a Kinect for their XBox and some games, and since then they’ve been playing Kinect games together. Though AB is disappointed the games aren’t as lazy as he’d like (I definitely prefer the lazy option too!) it’s now another thing they do together and a great entry into gaming. Next step… Super Mario?
I really love this story for a few reasons. First and foremost, I think this is what many girls need to motivate them to try out games. Speaking for myself, I’m pretty competitive and hate feeling incompetent. These two things combined often hold me back from trying a new game, but when I have the freedom to try something with no judgements and in a cooperative setting..I have regularly surprised myself.
Secondly, how awesome is AB?! I think in life we get so caught up with our own likes and dislikes, that we push these on others and then are surprised and sometimes disappointed when we realise others don’t like the same things. Faced with this, it’s easy to stop sharing and stop trying. And I think that’s what a lot of people do. It’s not easy to try and see things you love from another person’s perspective, especially someone who seems disinterested.
I actually have a lot to learn from this story – I avoid a few types of games that my other half loves, and now promise to give one of them a go this weekend.