11.21.2007

"I Play Videogame..."

I went to an event the other night that you may have seen at a bar or party near you -- a Guitar Hero tournament -- and was SHOCKED. The growing success of the Guitar Hero franchise has created a huge fan base of people who play socially at parties or bars. As I mingled, I quickly realized that many of these people had never touched a console game before GH. They're gaming every week, but only with the same one game over and over! Ladies and gentlemen, out there, just beyond your computer screen, is an ocean of videogame players just waiting to be forced encouraged to try new games!

Guitar Hero isn't the only cultivator of these one-game ponies. You have your Dance Dance Revolution nuts, your online Snood/Tetris addicts, and even your Wii Sports enthusiasts. "Now, hold on," you might be thinking. "People play those games because they're easy. Those same people would find normal games too hard." I say to you, "nay!" Take a harder look at a Guitar Hero controller or Wiimote. Those things get pretty complicated once you advance beyond novice play. Despite the perhaps daunting appearance of the glut of buttons on, say, an Xbox 360 controller, one rarely needs every single one in order to get started with a game. Think of it, gamers! All those people who destroy you at a Guitar Hero round of Sweet Child of Mine on Expert difficulty may seem like jerks at the moment, but you may have just found yourself some new Halo buddies or Team Fortress 2, well, teammates.

I, for one, am going to try to convert some of these people. My conversations may often end up like an awkward date rejection...
"No...sorry. I can't play Mario Party with you this weekend. I'm shopping for...cereal for my...sick...aunt...Have fun though!"
...but that's no reason to get discouraged! Don't leave potential new gamers to fall back on their party movies like Old School and Zoolander once the Guitar Hero excitement fades. You know it's going to happen sooner or later. Do whatever you need to do to recruit: bring fliers to the next Guitar Hero happy hour; infiltrate the DDR club at your school; wean your spouse off of Minesweeper and onto a wide range of Xbox Live Arcade games; even dare to suggest that someone take the Wii Sports disk out of the Wii and put in a shiny, new game.

Now is a great time to convert the videogame (singular) players. So get out there! Show them that there's more to our hobby than pretending to be a rock star or athlete. You may just discover that your wife loves Shadow of the Colossus...

2 comments:

Zing said...

Hey, the tone of that refusal to play Mario Party sounds AWFULLY familiar... :)

GenesisCEO said...

hi~nice blog, keep the good work and i will be back again soon