Video games have come along way over the decades and have gone from niche hobby to full-blown mainstream activity. Almost everyone plays some form of a game or another. In 2018 almost everyone has some touch screen game on his or her cell phone or tablet. My girlfriend is not one of those people though. She is not opposed to video games but she never grew up with them. Once we began to get serious she wanted to participate. Jumping in with the right attitude is a great start, but some games come with a steep learning curve, so finding the right game can be the key to helping someone find a new hobby. For the purposes of this article we will be focusing on PC and console gaming. For this article I used my girlfriend as my test subject. She loves board games but rarely even plays games on her phone, so I figured she would be the best test case.
Until Dawn came out this past year for the Play Station 4. The game is a bit of a choose your own adventure game set in an eighties horror movie. The voice acting is really well done and it contains a number of genuinely scary moments. The game changes based on your decisions so every replay can bring about a new story.
My girlfriend and I would take turns with the controller and each shout out our input on each decision as we made our way through each of the eight chapters. It was like watching a long interactive TV miniseries, and after we finished she wanted to find others for us to play that were similar. Getting to talk about the characters we liked and didn’t like made for some fun debate and interesting moments when one of our favorites fell when the other player had the controller. We played completely through twice and she has asked for other games like this one.