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26th Apr '16 6:07:05 PM Kelton2
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Important Note: The classifying of anything as being a 'gateway something' does not in any way imply that it is less good than the less accessible material it leads on to. All that we're saying is that for a lot of people, these examples lead on to discovering and enjoying other things. Its not a value judgement, just an observation of how fans tend to start from common points.

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Important Note: The classifying of anything as being a 'gateway something' does not in any way imply that it is less good than the less accessible material it leads on to. All that we're saying is that for a lot of people, these examples lead on to discovering and enjoying other things. Its It's not a value judgement, just an observation of how fans tend to start from common points.
25th Apr '16 10:24:33 AM rjd1922
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* This is the intention behind the Franchise/{{Kirby}} series. The games are easy enough that someone who has never played an [[ActionGame action]] [[PlatformGame platformer]] before can get through the main game and see the ending, but at the same time offer extra challenges for older gamers seeking [[{{HundredPercentCompletion}} 100% Completion]]. Many of these fans then go on to play other games in the genre.

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* This is the intention behind the Franchise/{{Kirby}} ''Franchise/{{Kirby}}'' series. The games are easy enough that someone who has never played an [[ActionGame action]] [[PlatformGame platformer]] before can get through the main game and see the ending, but at the same time offer extra challenges for older gamers seeking [[{{HundredPercentCompletion}} 100% Completion]]. Many of these fans then go on to play other games in the genre.



* VideoGame/TheSims, with its broad market appeal, was many people's gateway to videogaming in general.
* {{VideoGame/Kingdom Hearts}} got a lot of people who had not yet played ''Franchise/FinalFantasy'' into the series, as well as garnering interest in any Disney film the player might not have seen yet.

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* VideoGame/TheSims, ''VideoGame/TheSims'', with its broad market appeal, was many people's gateway to videogaming in general.
* {{VideoGame/Kingdom Hearts}} ''{{VideoGame/Kingdom Hearts}}'' got a lot of people who had not yet played ''Franchise/FinalFantasy'' into the series, as well as garnering interest in any Disney film the player might not have seen yet.



* The VideoGame/PurpleMoon games were actually designed to be gateway series. Three related series (well, two series with multiple instalments plus one StillbornFranchise) sharing the same characters but different genres, they were produced after extensive market research to attract girls ages 8-12 to games -- and thus to computers -- and keep them from abandoning science and technology.

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* The VideoGame/PurpleMoon ''VideoGame/PurpleMoon'' games were actually designed to be gateway series. Three related series (well, two series with multiple instalments plus one StillbornFranchise) sharing the same characters but different genres, they were produced after extensive market research to attract girls ages 8-12 to games -- and thus to computers -- and keep them from abandoning science and technology.



* VideoGame/{{Minecraft}} has gotten a lot of people into {{indie game}}s.

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* VideoGame/{{Minecraft}} ''VideoGame/{{Minecraft}}'' has gotten a lot of people into {{indie game}}s.
20th Apr '16 11:05:09 AM ScrewySqrl
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* ''WesternAnimation/{{Animaniacs}}'' (the Minerva Mink shorts)

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* ''WesternAnimation/{{Animaniacs}}'' (the (especially the Minerva Mink shorts)




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* ''WesternAnimation/SwatKats''
* ''WesternAnimation/HeathcliffAndTheCatillacCats'' - Cleo and Wordsworth in particular
15th Apr '16 7:11:11 PM LucaEarlgrey
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** As of TheNewTens, ''VideoGame/SoundVoltex'' is this for new ''BEMANI'' fans.

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** As of TheNewTens, ''VideoGame/SoundVoltex'' is this for new ''BEMANI'' fans.fans, thanks to its low barrier to entry, wide selection of doujin music (including ''VideoGame/{{Touhou}}'' arranges and Music/{{Vocaloid}} songs), cool-looking interface, and use of filter effects to give the player the impression of mixing a track in real time.
15th Apr '16 7:08:41 PM LucaEarlgrey
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** As of TheNewTens, ''VideoGame/SoundVoltex'' is this for new ''BEMANI'' fans.
15th Apr '16 7:07:32 PM LucaEarlgrey
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* ''VideoGame/{{Persona 3}}'' and ''VideoGame/{{Persona 4}}'' are good start for those interested in the Franchise/ShinMegamiTensei series, seeing how they're generally considered the most accessible of SMT games (except for ''Persona 3'', whose PS2 versions were very rare for a while, until it was brought to PSN). In fact, the original ''VideoGame/{{Persona}}'' was designed to be an easier SMT in hopes of getting more teenagers interested in the main series. Of course, this varies from fan to fan, as ''VideoGame/ShinMegamiTenseiIV'', which was released off the heels of ''Persona 3'' and ''4''[='=]s popularity, was hit hard by the BiasSteamroller [[AmericansHateTingle in the West]].

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* ''VideoGame/{{Persona 3}}'' and ''VideoGame/{{Persona 4}}'' are good start for those interested in the Franchise/ShinMegamiTensei series, seeing how they're generally considered the most accessible of SMT games (except for ''Persona 3'', whose PS2 versions were very rare for a while, until it was brought to PSN). In fact, the original ''VideoGame/{{Persona}}'' was designed to be an easier SMT in hopes of getting more teenagers interested in the main series. Of course, this varies from fan to fan, as ''VideoGame/ShinMegamiTenseiIV'', which was released off the heels of ''Persona 3'' and ''4''[='=]s popularity, was hit hard by the BiasSteamroller [[AmericansHateTingle in the West]].
15th Apr '16 7:07:13 PM LucaEarlgrey
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* ''VideoGame/{{Persona 3}}'' and ''VideoGame/{{Persona 4}}'' are good start for those interested in the Franchise/ShinMegamiTensei series, seeing how they're generally considered the most accessible of SMT games (except for ''Persona 3'', whose PS2 versions were very rare for a while, until it was brought to PSN). In fact, the original ''VideoGame/{{Persona}}'' was designed to be an easier SMT in hopes of getting more teenagers interested in the main series.

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* ''VideoGame/{{Persona 3}}'' and ''VideoGame/{{Persona 4}}'' are good start for those interested in the Franchise/ShinMegamiTensei series, seeing how they're generally considered the most accessible of SMT games (except for ''Persona 3'', whose PS2 versions were very rare for a while, until it was brought to PSN). In fact, the original ''VideoGame/{{Persona}}'' was designed to be an easier SMT in hopes of getting more teenagers interested in the main series. Of course, this varies from fan to fan, as ''VideoGame/ShinMegamiTenseiIV'', which was released off the heels of ''Persona 3'' and ''4''[='=]s popularity, was hit hard by the BiasSteamroller [[AmericansHateTingle in the West]].
15th Apr '16 1:35:53 PM mizorefan
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* In UsefulNotes/{{Brazil}}, ''[[Manga/SaintSeiya Saint Seiya(Os Cavaleiros do Zodíaco)]]'' was the gateway for many anime fans in this country. The huge success during the middle to the end of the 90s open the doors for a lot of Anime to come, most notable: ''Manga/YuYuHakusho'', ''Manga/DragonBall'', ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'', ''Franchise/{{Digimon}}'', ''[[Manga/CaptainTsubasa Captain Tsubasa(Super Campeões)]]'', ''Franchise/SailorMoon'', ''Manga/LegendOfHeavenlySphereShurato'', ''Anime/RoninWarriors'', ''Anime/StreetFighterIIV'', ''[[Manga/DaiNoDaibouken Dragon Quest Dai(Fly)]]''.
14th Apr '16 1:01:40 PM narm00
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** Players and fans of 3.5 have now have its SpiritualSuccesser, Paizo's TabletopGame/{{Pathfinder}}

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** Players and fans of 3.5 have now have its SpiritualSuccesser, SpiritualSuccessor, Paizo's TabletopGame/{{Pathfinder}}



* ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'' is often a gateway to TabletopGames as a whole. You start with 40k after coming across it as a teen, then after a few years you might move along and start playing spin-off game or even ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer}}''. If you play at a multi-gaming club, you'll probably end up at the very least being interested in those systems as well and there's no telling just how many you might get into.

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* ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'' is often a gateway to TabletopGames as a whole. You start with 40k after coming across it as a teen, then after a few years you might move along and start playing a spin-off game or even ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer}}''. If you play at a multi-gaming club, you'll probably end up at the very least being interested in those systems as well and there's no telling just how many you might get into.
14th Apr '16 1:00:26 PM narm00
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* ''TabletopGame/VampireTheMasquerade'' of the ''OldWorldOfDarkness'' has been a more recent gateway game.
** Particularly its simplicity compared to ''D&D'' and its modern horror setting has meant that its attractive to a lot of people who otherwise might not be interested in role playing. It also is pretty much focused on letting the players be anti-heros (or outright bad guys) which is definitely more attractive to the angsty teens.
* ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer40000}}'' is often a gateway to TabletopGames as a whole. You start with 40k after coming across it as a teen, then after a few years you might move along and start playing spin-off game or even ''WarhammerFantasy''. If you play at a multi-gaming club, you'll probably end up at the very least being interested in those systems as well and there's no telling just how many you might get into.
* Board games such as ''[=HeroQuest=]'', or the ''Fighting Fantasy'' and ''Lone Wolf'' books often serve as a gateway to Tabletop RPG gaming.
* ''Tunnels And Trolls'' was explicitly designed as a simpler, easier-to-play clone of ''D&D'', in an attempt to bring in new gamers. It never did achieve the popularity of ''D&D'', but there is a sizable group of tabletop gamers that cut their teeth on ''T&T''.

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* ''TabletopGame/VampireTheMasquerade'' of the ''OldWorldOfDarkness'' ''TabletopGame/OldWorldOfDarkness'' has been a more recent gateway game.
** Particularly In particular, its simplicity compared to ''D&D'' and its modern horror setting has meant that its it's attractive to a lot of people who otherwise might not be interested in role playing. It also is pretty much focused on letting the players be anti-heros anti-heroes (or outright bad guys) which is definitely more attractive to the angsty teens.
* ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer40000}}'' ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'' is often a gateway to TabletopGames as a whole. You start with 40k after coming across it as a teen, then after a few years you might move along and start playing spin-off game or even ''WarhammerFantasy''.''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer}}''. If you play at a multi-gaming club, you'll probably end up at the very least being interested in those systems as well and there's no telling just how many you might get into.
* Board games such as ''[=HeroQuest=]'', or the ''Fighting Fantasy'' and ''Lone Wolf'' books ''[=HeroQuest=]'' often serve as a gateway to Tabletop RPG gaming.
* ''Tunnels And Trolls'' ''TabletopGame/TunnelsAndTrolls'' was explicitly designed as a simpler, easier-to-play clone of ''D&D'', in an attempt to bring in new gamers. It never did achieve the popularity of ''D&D'', but there is a sizable group of tabletop gamers that cut their teeth on ''T&T''.



* The ''Literature/ChooseYourOwnAdventure'' and ''Literature/FightingFantasy'' books were a gateway for many roleplayers of the 80s.
* The ''TabletopGame/{{Pokemon}}'' and ''[[Tabletopgame/YuGiOh Yu-Gi-Oh!]]'' card game led eventually to ''MagicTheGathering'' for lots of players. Helped by the fact that a lot of sanctioned tournaments of the former shared venues with tournaments for the latter. Also, the huge media presence (straddling many years) and child-friendly image of both ''Pokémon'' and ''Yu-Gi-Oh'' practically guarantees that these will be the first CCGs people get into.

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* The ''Literature/ChooseYourOwnAdventure'' and ''Literature/ChooseYourOwnAdventure'', ''Literature/FightingFantasy'' and ''Literature/LoneWolf'' books were a gateway for many roleplayers of the 80s.
* The ''TabletopGame/{{Pokemon}}'' and ''[[Tabletopgame/YuGiOh Yu-Gi-Oh!]]'' card game led eventually to ''MagicTheGathering'' ''TabletopGame/MagicTheGathering'' for lots of players. Helped by the fact that a lot of sanctioned tournaments of the former shared venues with tournaments for the latter. Also, the huge media presence (straddling many years) and child-friendly image of both ''Pokémon'' and ''Yu-Gi-Oh'' practically guarantees that these will be the first CCGs [=CCGs=] people get into.



* ''TheDarkEye'' is the Gateway system in German-speaking countries, despite beeing the deepest system around.
* ''SettlersOfCatan'' is well known for getting people who thought they outgrew board games back into them.

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* ''TheDarkEye'' ''TabletopGame/TheDarkEye'' is the Gateway system in German-speaking countries, despite beeing the deepest system around.
* ''SettlersOfCatan'' ''TabletopGame/SettlersOfCatan'' is well known for getting people who thought they outgrew board games back into them.



* ''{{RENT}}'', ''Theatre/LesMiserables'', ''Theatre/AvenueQ'', and ''Theatre/{{Wicked}}'' for [[TheMusical musicals]].

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* ''{{RENT}}'', ''Theatre/{{RENT}}'', ''Theatre/LesMiserables'', ''Theatre/AvenueQ'', and ''Theatre/{{Wicked}}'' for [[TheMusical musicals]].
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