What would you play if you were getting started in gaming? What game would you choose to get someone into gaming?
It depends a bit on the person, of course, so for example kids would probably prefer something aimed at them, rather than anything rated too high or too gory or perhaps even too complicated. Complication is probably a bad thing for getting started in gaming at any age. Blizzard entertainment have a motto of “easy to learn, hard to master” which seems like a good approach, and as I mention in the video I’m fairly convinced that anything too complex is probably a bad move. People don’t want to be completely overwhelmed by new things when getting started in gaming, so keep it simple!
Stigma is another big hurdle for getting people into gaming. Particularly in the US, with the current stories circulating about how games promote violence and such, stigma is a huge issue. Even outside of that, there is a stigma that gaming is not something adults do, or not something “normal” people do. I always think that the Wii is good for removing stigma about games, where you see them played in groups on adverts by groups of mixed gender and age. It’s very family orientated and somehow more acceptable than other gaming, and Nintendo have done a great job there. But, making the cross over onto PC gaming or even Xbox could be tricky, as the Wii isn’t considered “proper” gaming like these other systems.
I’ve always thought that adventure-type games and RPGs are good options for getting started in gaming. Games such as Oblivion, for example, where there’s a lot to do, but it’s also easy to have fun while you’re just scratching the surface, and of course, WoW, if you can shake the stigma – WoW probably has a bigger problem with that than any other game I can think of! One thing I’ve found is that games with WASD movement as well as games where you have to aim your gun or whatever you’re using are bad choices for new gamers — stick to auto-targeting!
I explain all this at greater length in the video, and I’m looking forward to seeing what you all think in the comments below!