I know that there can be some timid gamers out there. They are afraid that they don’t have the skill set needed for the game they want to play. I know I’ve definitely felt this. Even though I’ve been around video games a lot, I only really started playing them more recently. I’m not the best source for video games, but I thought I’d share what I think is a pretty reasonable progression of games to grow accustom to different styles and skills in a new series of posts. And this is assuming no skill or previous contact with video games.
First, I’d like to say that people just starting should try a handheld system first. They are comparatively low commitment and less costly. Most of the time you can set it down after an hour of playing, too. Larger systems and PC games don’t lend themselves to that as readily.
- Tetris: Everyone knows Tetris and almost everyone knows how to play it. It helps build up coordination and eases the player into getting better at strategy and skill. Plus, if you lose, there really is nothing to gain back. There isn’t a checkpoint to be had and losing is low risk. My mother even played it and became very skilled.
- Phoenix Wright, Ace Attorney: This may seem like a strange choice, but hear me out. This game has the player handle trials and find evidence for them. This helps develop reasoning and logic skills simultaneously with searching skills. The trial setting may seem limiting, but many RPGs have large overworlds that lots of people don’t explore. Those that learn to search everything for a clue will probably be more inclined to search everywhere for some good treasure. It teaches you to be a bit more unconventional. Though it may make you think more, it doesn’t require any physical skill.
These two pair up so well because one helps deal with hand-eye coordination and the other with problem-solving. Some people have a hard time marrying the two. I think it helps to develop them separately and focus on combining them later. There are a number of other games that are well suited to beginners, but I think these two would do the trick. What do you think? What other games would you add to the list for people taking their first step into gaming?