|I doubt either of these women play Call of Duty in their spare time...|
So the next time Shawn came over, I immediately asked him rapid-fire interview-style how he got his wife to succumb to the dark side. Apparently, Shawn discovered her latent powers while they were dating when he took her to a retro arcade center. She soundly beat him at almost every old school game, like Pac-Man and Mortal Kombat. I guess she used to casually play video games as a kid, but never as an adult.
Then when Skyrim came out, she would watch him play while studying for school. A purely passive role, like having the TV on the background, but it introduced her to more contemporary titles. It wasn't until XCOM: Enemy Unknown that Shauna's interest was really piqued. I'm not a big fan of turn-based, tactical role-playing games (often known for having grid-based movement, like chess), but XCOM is sooo cool and modern and addicting! Shauna started making little comments here and there, like "Why don't you move your character behind that car instead? You need to give your medic backup in case that chryssalid alien around the corner decides to attack." Tired of having a backseat driver buzzing at his ear, Shawn finally suggested, "Why don't you start a game of your own?" And the rest is history. :)
Since then, Shawn has introduced his wife to Minecraft on PC and Fire Emblem for her brand new Nintendo 3DS XL. Maybe it's a coincidence, but they all seem to have have grids and squares in common. Guess it'll be interesting to see what she thinks of Monster Hunter since it's all about free-form, real-time, slashy-slashy gameplay, which is my favorite kind of video game. :)
If you play video games currently as an adult, how did you get started? I'm curious how many of you were also "converted" by a significant other, like Shauna and me.