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Posted: Dec 22nd 2009 8:16PM (Unverified) said

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Posted: Mar 23rd 2010 8:37AM (Unverified) said

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first ... I would NEVER play Sims ... ever
second ... letting your friend/love/whoever you're trying to get to play try out a low-level toon on your account works just fine. When they get to the point that they want to play with you, instead of having you sit beside them and (annoyingly) tell them what to do, then have them get their own account. If they don't want to play WITH you before they are level 15-20, then they aren't going to want to play with you ever and you can easily help her get back to whatever level she got to on her new account.
third ... send her in-game things ... flowers, love letters, show her a cute pet she can get, then help her get it. I STILL have in my bank a flower and a letter my husband sent me when I first started playing.
fourth ... it's ok to assist with your high level characters, just don't do everything FOR her, otherwise she will end up at a higher level than she has the skill to play. Nothing beats knowing that you have a lvl 80 you can count on to pull your bum out of the fire hanging around!

Posted: Nov 21st 2007 3:38AM (Unverified) said

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Great read Robin!

I got my wife into gaming with FFXI and we've never looked back since. While we where dating, most of our time was spent apart (She was in Texas, I was in Ontario).

At the time I was living in a house with five other people who all needed FFXI like it was crack and, well, when she came to visit one Christmas holiday we set up a trial account for her and off she went.

Its a few years later now, we're married and expecting our first child and we play FFXI together all the time.

O, lol. After I got her hooked, she went back to Texas preaching the gospel of FFXI and managed to snare her two brothers into the game as well, both became much more hardcore players then myself or her. MMO's are a virus, and we love it!

Posted: Nov 21st 2007 8:19AM Lostage said

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Nicely done, Robin! My wife and I used to play Worms World Party together (great goofy game), but didn't keep up with it.

Now I'm trying to get her back into something, and I've managed to help her lead herself to the conclusion that we need a Nintendo Wii, you know, for the exercise and all...

So hopefully, with that and the insight of this article, we may be a video-gaming duo.

Thanks a ton!

Posted: Nov 21st 2007 8:28AM (Unverified) said

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Will you marry me?

Posted: Nov 21st 2007 1:56PM (Unverified) said

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Wow.

The most I want my girlfriend playing is Viva Pinata.

She tried to do Halo with me.

One horrendous ranked doubles match later, it was back to virtual gardening for my lovely lady and clear instructions to never ever touch my copy of Halo ever again. Ever.

Posted: Nov 21st 2007 2:10PM (Unverified) said

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always helpful in a relationship to think about what you can get out of it, instead of what you can offer the other person.

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Posted: Nov 21st 2007 5:26PM (Unverified) said

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"Turning your WoW-playing wife into an EVE Online player requires a completely different strategy."


Yep, for my husband it meant saying, 'hey, look at this intro video, it's amazing.' I said, 'wow, you're right, okay,' and that was that.

Of course we first met at a tabletop rpg years ago, so we already knew we had gaming in common. I play more games and more often than he does.

Currently jonesing for the potbs release...

Posted: Nov 27th 2007 7:32AM (Unverified) said

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I met my wife online. She was a seriously addicted blog-a-holic. I was also out surfing the blogosphere, and we became good friends. About 2 or 3 weeks later, my best friend got WoW. I'd spend less of my day visiting my friends/random blogs, and more at his place, melting face on his brothers account with my slowly growing shadow priest.

Eventually, things began to heat up between my (not at the time) wife and I, and I brought her over to my friends house to show her why my blogs werent being updated much anymore. "Hmm, a stupid game. Right. So you guys got cable? Mind if I work on my blog while you play?"

A few months later, her and I moved in together. Due to cash restraints, I was without WoW, and it took about a year to get back into it. On a whim, I offered my wife the trial version.

"ok, I guess. But Im only playing so I can run around as a gnome. And im gonna be a warrior, not cast any geeky magic tricks (yes she said cast magic tricks). And im nto joining any geeky guilds either. I jsut wanna be a gnome, run aroudn and hit things."

This was about 2 months Pre-BC. I had a level 50 dwarf Holy Priest at the time. Needless to say, a month after BC is released, my wife got her first level 70 (before me!) a gnome warlock, and was the GM of our guild. Her 2nd 70, a Draenei mage beat my 2nd toon to 70. ATM she has a 61 shadow priest and I have a 58 hunter. For someone who just wants to be a gnome and whack things, and isnt gonna take hte game seriously, I just cant keep up!

Oh, and she hasn't blogged in over 3 months. (And we had a baby 4 weeks ago! She keeps mentioning how she really should take a photo and upload it.)

Posted: Nov 28th 2007 12:23PM (Unverified) said

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This is one of the better articles of this type I have read. Nicely done.

Is there a particular reason why it's targeted towards heterosexual men (get your "wife" into gaming) rather than being more encompassing? Not every reader is a straight male gamer, and not every non-gamer is female. Many of the suggestions you listed could be applicable to male non-gamers as well as female non-gamers, so I'm wondering about the need to make a whole article just for gaming men to get their wives into games.

Posted: Nov 28th 2007 1:14PM Robiness said

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Thank you!

It's a lot easier to write this type of article if you focus and the requests I get are all from gamer guys trying to get wives or live-in girlfriends to play with them.

Maybe women are just better at coaxing their partners into trying things? Also, guys are usually willing to try a video game, in my experience. Getting them to try something like knitting, on the other hand, is a much greater challenge. But that's ok. More yarn for me!
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Posted: Oct 23rd 2008 1:26PM (Unverified) said

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Come on... really? You felt the need to point out something so mind-numbingly obvious?

The guide can be used for either sex.... just replace the Sims with something bloody...

jeesh...
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Posted: Nov 29th 2007 1:01PM (Unverified) said

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Hmm, I was hoping to find something useful for my situation in this article, and while it is extremely well written and thought out, with lots of good advice, it seems that I've already done much of what is recommended.

My wife and I have been married for 5 years. She was not particularly computer-saavy when we first met, but about 6 months into marriage, I upgraded our home with 2 new computers. Since then, she has learned a great deal, and enjoys a variety of games. She seems to enjoy the little puzzle games and adventure games the most (really got her hooked with the Monkey Island series). Although occasionally she yearns for a bit of FPS fun, either co-op or on opposite sides. She has an on again/off again relationship with the Sims/Sims2.

But where I fail is the next step in bridging to mmorpgs. I have never been able to get her to successfully enjoy my favorite area of gaming, the RPG. I've never really understood why, as she is a born performer, with a fair bit of stage experience, I always thought that creating and playing a character would be perfect for her. Whenever I've tried to interest her with Baldur's Gate or Neverwitner Nights, her complaint seems to be that she "doesn't get" the objective, she just doesn't understand what her character is supposed to be doing. Maybe these games are a little to freeform? Should I try an RPG that's a little more linear? Or is it something else I'm missing completely? If anyone has any suggestions, I'd be very grateful. I love playing games with my wife, but I'd enjoy it even more if she shared interest in my favorite ones.

Posted: Nov 29th 2007 1:16PM Robiness said

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You may be right that she may prefer something more linear. What is the game you want her to be playing with you?
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