How to get your girl into gaming…

Illustration by greenbeanbaby 

Yes…We guys love our games…and at the same time we love our girls as well…but combining the two isn’t always the easiest of tasks.  Instead of drooling over those models who pretend they play games drool over your own girl who could be playing games with you instead!  I have cataloged a guaranteed solution to get your girlfriend/ wife/ whatever/ into gaming!

Step 1 Start small.

If she hasn’t played anything before, start with something simple.  Don’t forget you, yourself started some where, you didn’t just wake up playing GTA IV or Metal Gear overnite…gradually build the interest by making her feel comfortable with games she can relate to at first.  I bought my wife a gamecube and started her off with the gaming icon of the world: Mario

 

Mario KartDouble Dash!! was the game in fact.  I knew that it was a simple enough concept…racing…and it was something we could play together.  She loved it!  She did the whole turn her whole body thing while driving in the game for a while but she was learning.  You don’t have to pick mario…but pick a game that will peek an interest in your girl.  Pick a game that will be fun for you both!

Step 2 Pick a two player game.  

No it doesn’t have to be double dragon! But, to any of the old-school gamers out there…think about the feeling you had playing this with your brother/cousin/friend! You and a partner taking on anyone who crossed your path. Pick a co-op game will build team-work with your girl. It will teach you guys both about team work and each of you work together. You could even start with a lower difficulty level to build her confidence. And guys don’t hog all the kills! Let her get into some action as well!

As time goes on up the difficulty and let her go at it!  Some great co-op games are any halo games, Marvel Ultimate Alliance, X-men legends, Justice League, Streets of Rage 1,2,3, Double Dragon, Smash Bros Brawl, gears of war, and army of two just to name a few. I choose x-men legends for my wife. She crushed it, an while we played I learned her style of play. She rushes in not holding anything back and played support for her.  It was so much fun and we pwned both games! 

    

 

Step 3 Play fair with her.

If you have gotten her this far and she is starting to play on a regular basis…don’t blow it man! Let’s say you guys are playing smash bros or anything together that is against each other don’t blow her out of the water. This would frustrate anyone. Guys you don’t want her to feel uncomfortable at any time…see step 1! You want the gaming time to be a relaxing time, not for arguments on how your killed her. Don’t let her win ALL the time either.  She won’t like it when you show her too much pity.  She is a girl not a wimp!

 

Step 4.  Let her have some ownership!

 

The industry knows this as well.  So should you!  Look how much pink gaming stuff is out there.  Any gamer wants their own stuff.  Find out what interest her and buy her a new game.  A lot of female gamers like puzzle games or simulation games. You have Rock BandGuitar Hero, andThrillville franchises to keep them busy!  Keep in mind not every girl likes pink stuff, but a lot them do! 

  

 

Step 5. Give them respect.

Respect the games they like to play and give them time on their games. Now that you introduced her to the world of gaming and showed her it is not a complete waste of time…give her own time to find out what games spark her joy for the medium.  My wife LOVES Halo 3.  She is actually playing it right now as I type this. Now, I remember back when Halo 2 was released. She wasn’t into games back then, but I was. She would hate the fact that I would go online and play until 3-4 in the morning. She didn’t understand it…now it is her playing till the wee hours of the night. She actually plays more than me right now! If I want to play something besides halo right now, I have to either by me another 360 or get her one.  Her gamertag is teenygreenbean by the way!

Do’s and Don’ts The finale

illustration by greenbeanbaby

Do 

Let her have fun!

Let her win sometimes!

Encourage her to buy a game for herself to enjoy!

Encourage her to talk trash online because guys will be talkin too! 

Spend quality time gaming with her! 

illustration by greenbeanbaby

Don’t 

Make fun of her for her taste in games or if she dies in a co-op game or if she moves her body awkwardly while playing games.

Make her fell stupid because she can’t do certain things in games…be patient and teach her! 

Kill her on VS games to the point where she wants to fight you for real! 

Get mad at her if she gets better than you at a certain game! 

 

The bottom line is you want her to have a good time! 

illustration by greenbeanbaby

I guess you could hit on girls already online…but that is really really desperate. And you never know how she looks! You wouldn’t want anyone showing up on your doorstep like this:

But then again…if you are hitting on a girl online then you must look like this:

 

Enjoy the girl in your life!  Get her into gaming today!!!

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45 Responses to “How to get your girl into gaming…”


  1. 1 Dre@... August 8, 2008 at 8:46 am

    Kalel06’s wife here….where was this years ago???? I just sent this to him:

    your mistake number one, if you recall i played with you before this:
    “Let’s say you guys are playing smash bros or anything together that is against each other don’t blow her out of the water. This would frustrate anyone. Guys you don’t want her to feel uncomfortable at any time…”

    Yeah, he didn’t let anyone else kill me for the first Halo, and then proceeded to kill me himself!

    Thank goodness for Rockband, I’m hooked =)

    BTW, beautiful family.

  2. 2 kalel06 August 8, 2008 at 8:59 am

    OOOOOhhh! Snap! Blowing up spots!!!
    Sorry, babe. I used to get a bit excited I guess. I just felt that no one deserved the honor of killing you (except for me). That’s all.
    Things are different now. We are always be on the same team 😀

  3. 3 kalel06 August 8, 2008 at 9:00 am

    Ohh and great post Ramel. I hope this spreads around the internet like wild fire.

  4. 4 greenbeanbaby August 8, 2008 at 11:13 am

    hehehehe… yeah, i’m all for my own system now… that will squash any arguement of who owns all the electronics in the home :p

    i have to admit, uno online, zuma, feeding frenzy are good quick fix games too!!!

    but lets just say that girls aren’t the only ones who get mad in games… guys get pretty mad when the girl becomes suddenly good and can do a beat down faster than he can…. then suddenly all the big guns come out and when the girl was winning at first, he blows her away… GUYS HAVE A HARD TIME AT LOSING JUST LIKE GIRLS 😀

    its been quite the experience the past couple years… to think, with a SON and DAUGHTER who enjoy games, EVERYONE will need their own system 🙂

    good post for sure, babe!!

  5. 5 gamersdigart August 8, 2008 at 2:14 pm

    thanks eveeyone for the kind words. The post was really fun to write.

    @dre thanks! my family…they are my joy!

    @kalel06…try to get dre into halo man start with campaign!!!

    @greenbean…yeah you need a halo3 edition xbox for sure!

  6. 6 Madeline August 8, 2008 at 4:26 pm

    Hooray girl gaming!! Sent to my husband. He ALWAYS makes fun of the games I buy and he obliterates me in Mario Kart. It’s not fun to always lose! *pout*

    ^_^

  7. 8 kiwi August 9, 2008 at 3:31 pm

    From the moment my daughter could grasp, my husband has put a game paddle in her hand. Now, she kicks everyone’s backside at Super Smash Brothers.

  8. 9 gamersdigart August 10, 2008 at 1:10 pm

    Girls play games too! Video games can be very relaxing and a great enjoyable past time! Nerds aren’t the only ones playing games these days….glad everyone liked the post! I give all inspiration to my wife! A true girl gamer!

  9. 11 GrouchyKar August 20, 2008 at 8:22 pm

    lol no comment on this one

  10. 12 GrouchyKar August 20, 2008 at 8:28 pm

    By the way, “My wife LOVES Halo 3.” Definitely that has to do with the company that she dearly enjoys in the game:D hehe

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    Of course! She plays when her online friends are on! That is the beauty of community games like halo…it brings people together!

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