This is part 1. Got to get back to work. Enjoy!
Throughout the years this question has baffled minds across the planet. If only she played games too, that would mean more time playing games and a justification of the money spent. In your wildest fantasies, your mate actually pushes you out the door to buy new games or asks that you and her play the game naked (maybe that's just me).
Well ladies and gentlemen, I'm here to tell you that I've pulled it off. Not with just one, but with my last three major relationships. A tomboy, a financial advisor and now my wife the physical therapist. I'm living the gamers fantasy, and have even had to TELL HER we're spending to much money on games.
I know, it sounds crazy, but if you follow these tips it will get you well on the path to this dream.
Rules of conduct:
#1 - and this is the biggest tip, SHUT THE HELL UP. Don't say ANYTHING. Not one suggestion. ZIP IT! If she's struggling at all, say NOTHING but that she's doing fine. or "I had trouble with that at first too". Only offer your advice if she asks for it. I don't care if it takes 20 minutes for her to open the door, sit quietly and wait with a warm smile on your face. This is harder than it sounds.
#2 - At some point tell her how you enjoy spending this time together (you do, just make sure she knows it). Whenever you get to obstacles in the game, say things like "We can get through it." "We can do it". "We rock" We, and us.
#3 - Complement anything she does in the game, but don't go overboard or you'll look fake. Be encouraging. Point out anything that she does better than you in the game and put it to use. "Your characters better at magic than mine, you can take down this monster faster ....." Stuff like that.
#4 - Be happy and light hearted. If your serious, short tempered, impatient, or bored, you can forget it. If she sees your really happy about her playing, she may just continue to make you happy.
These things work. I've had other friends us them with positive results. One friend of mine has those tips printed out and keeps them near his Xbox (he made the mistake of asking his girlfriend if she were stupid).
Tune in tomorrow when we cover PC gaming and which games are great to get the ball rolling.