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Your experiences with "non-gamer" friends and family:

Have you ever had a family-friend become surprisingly interested in one of your games? Have you ever gotten flak for playing them?
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Me and dad discussed new Sonic the Hedgehog character ideas. Amongst them were a salamander, a slug, an octopus, a gopher, and a hoatzin.
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 3 Beorc, Thu, 19th May '11 11:05:50 AM from the white void Relationship Status: I know
Ridley?
Well, for the first question, my aunt recently got a DS and now she's addicted to Super Mario Bros and Spirit Tracks. It's nice having someone to talk to about things like thtat.

On the other hand, my mom seems to think that video games should only be for kids, and stopping playing them is just part of maturing.

[up]Show her Grand Theft Auto For the Lulz.

Anyway, this has never really happened to me. My Mom plays Tetris a lot, but she did when it was new, so yeah.

Mighty No. 51345
When I was little, I always had trouble getting my hands on new games since my dad though(thinks) they're evil and inspire nothing but violence and hatred...

Non-gamer friends were a little weird to deal with since they only 'got' about half of my jokes.
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"ARMA 2? Realistic? You mean like that Modern Warfare game that's popular nowadays?"

"Does Portal 2 have good graphics? I want to get good use out of this $1, 000.00 graphics card that I just bought. I've never heard of Portal 2 before, is that a cool game?"

"Heavy Rain? Is that like Halo? I heard a lot about it, is it like Halo? People are saying that it's a game with top graphics just like Halo. Is it a cool game?"

"I don't understand the plot of Ghost Recon Advanced Warfighter 2."

"What is the point of this game? Why are you killing those aliens who are invading Earth and who have ruined the landscape?"

"This Mount & Blade game that you're playing has horrible graphics. Oblivion has much better graphics." (I had turned many of the settings way down, to make those 300-person battles more workable)

"Hey, look at this! I just ran over someone in GTA! LOOK AT THIS! YEAAAAAH!" (The guy had to take steroids for medicinal purposes. This was also right next to a girl who he was talking to about 10 seconds earlier. And it was on an airplane.)

 7 Plumbum, Thu, 19th May '11 11:56:53 AM from Chichester, England Relationship Status: is commanded to— WANK!
Ze Bubblez
(on the Tank) "But that guy was pointing a jet engine at you..."

(On crashing in the McLaren Mercedes Stirling Moss in Need For Speed: Hot Pursuit) "Okay, you're dead. Wait, you just got up and kept going?"

(on the "Assassin) I would."
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 8 Noelemahc, Thu, 19th May '11 11:57:28 AM from Moscow, Russia
My dad is all about graphics in games, so unless it has top-of-the-line everything, he's not interested, period. My mom is a hardcore old-skool adventure gamer, the kind that, when posed the choice between SCI and AGI versions of the same Sierra games, will pick the AGI ones because she likes the interface more. Take that, progress!

My girlfriend, while a casual gamer herself (the most hardcore game she's ever played was Professor Layton), does understand my tenacity in the matter and keeps repeating that I don't actually have a gaming addiction (even thought I think I do). I'm surrounded by weird people =)

For the record, I'm an avid retrogamer with a penchant for collecting bizarre abandonware of various origins who doesn't shy away from modern games simply because they don't come on cassette tape =)

edited 19th May '11 12:09:49 PM by Noelemahc

 9 Beorc, Thu, 19th May '11 11:57:34 AM from the white void Relationship Status: I know
Ridley?
[up][up][up]That reminds me, kind of unrelated, but my brother who used to play games, when he saw me playing Portal he thought that it was ridiculous that you don't fight people in it. Although he did help me with puzzles later on, so...

Also, one time I was playing Earthbound while my young cousin was there, and she just kept pestering me with questions. I had just reached Magicant so she was saying "Why is it in black and white? Why is it in all these different colors now? is this Color World? What's going on when the bad guys touch you?" In terms she'd understand, I explained it's like Mario Party and the battles are the mini games...

edited 19th May '11 11:57:53 AM by Beorc

I know a sixty year old man, and i got him hooked on the elder scrolls. =D
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 11 Nayrani, Thu, 19th May '11 12:30:56 PM Relationship Status: Crazy Cat Lady
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Having two older brothers certainly helped things around, but it did make me think that everyone in the world played them. So I was pretty surprised once I went to school and realized that girls don't talk about shanking somebody in the neck all the time. Whaddaya know...

My parents could care less about video games. My mom does consider them useful since I learned English through point-and-click games.

 12 Pykrete, Thu, 19th May '11 12:44:38 PM from Viridian Forest
NOT THE BEES
My dad hasn't touched anything resembling a game in about 10 years, and my mother only plays default stuff like Freecell. My sister and brother in law are the only middle ground in the family between gamers and utter non-gamers.

Mecha-maniac
My parents hate the fact that I still play Pokemon.
 14 X 2 X, Thu, 19th May '11 1:08:20 PM from the Darkness Beyond Time Relationship Status: Sinking with my ship
[insert quip here]
My uncle ribs on me because I turned my cousin into a Gamer Chick, and she, in turn, introduced her younger brother to video games.

My brother was once a semi-casual gamer. We used to tag team games like Sly Cooper and Star Wars Battlefront.

Also, I convinced my dad to buy me MvC3. His reasoning? "I saw that your main man Ryu was in this game. Couldn't let you miss out on this one." I was all like :O
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My mother loves blaming our faults on the vidya. Have to return a product because it was in the wrong box? The vidya maed me do it because I was distracted or something.
 16 thespacephantom, Thu, 19th May '11 2:41:38 PM from the green room pale
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I think this looks sketchy. You have antivirus, right?-Mom, on seeing the Minecraft main page.
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 17 Muramasan 13, Thu, 19th May '11 3:01:47 PM Relationship Status: Not war
I got my father hooked on Pokémon starting with Gen 3, but he refuses to play anything with the volume up.

This troper: "So, the Team Galactic theme was pretty cool, right?"

Troper's dad: "They had a BGM?"

edited 19th May '11 3:08:33 PM by Muramasan13

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 18 Plumbum, Thu, 19th May '11 3:10:29 PM from Chichester, England Relationship Status: is commanded to— WANK!
Ze Bubblez
Oh and my dad is hooked on Trials HD. And he always defers the harder levels to me.
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Perpetual Noob
My dad mostly plays PC puzzle games like Jewel Quest and Peggle. He did manage to introduce me to Donkey Kong Country and Contra, though, and he enjoys Mario sidescrollers well.

As for my mom, I doubt she's touched anything not on Wii or Facebook, besides Second Life.
I put on my robe and tinfoil hat...
Responsible adult
My parents are not exactly gamers, but they do have an understanding of games and at the very least try to understand them. My mom has a pretty good understanding of the Marioverse, and vaguely gets Zelda, but beyond those two franchises, she's lost. My dad's more clueless than her, but he does try, though he's not always on top of it. There was a memorable conversation in which I attempted to teach him about Metroid Prime 2 and only succeeded in confusing him.

Him: "That's not a very good forcefield. You ran right through it."

Me: It's not a forcerfield, it's a safety zone.

Him: Surrounded by a forcefield.

Me: It's not a forcefield; it's a light bubble that keeps that nasty goopy purple stuff out.

Him: But how does it do that if it's not a forcefield?

...And on, and on, and on.

There are also a couple games my family knows especially well as a whole, because they got interested and watched me play them. Banjo-Kazooie jokes are a staple of my household, my dad occasionally sings F-Zero songs (badly), and believe it or not, my obsession with Beyond Good & Evil actually extends to my parents (who were surprised at how "into" the story they got).
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 21 Shirow Shirow, Thu, 19th May '11 3:58:10 PM from Land of maple syrup Relationship Status: In Lesbians with you
Saintia SHOU!
Funny story: My parents work at a Insane asylum Mental Health Center. The hospital got a change in management recently, and it got a new name to go with it: Waypoint. The name was something of a secret, and got unveiled in a big ceremony. Apparently it was chosen because the place was a waypoint in the lives of the patients, guiding them to a better life or soemthing. No big deal, right?

Well a rumor started flying around the place that "Waypoint" was actually a violent video game that took place in the future. Soon everyone was talking about that "Waypoint" game where there was a crazyhouse where all the prisoners where released into a spaceborn arena and had to kill eachother.

I had to explain very slowly to my mother that Halo: Waypoint is in fact a downloadable tool that records your progress over several different games and allows the viewing of extra content, and has nothing to do with any Bedlam House.
"Well, of course they'd be "colorful" - they're male battle-whores." - Nomuru2d
My relatives: "video games are just a waste of time and you can never get anything of use from them."

 23 Magus, Thu, 19th May '11 4:38:31 PM from West Clownadelphia
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My dad's really into Mario Kart. He's actually pretty decent now.
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 24 Rocket Dude, Thu, 19th May '11 4:41:31 PM from AZ, United States
This hat doesn't fit!
@Plumbum: Hah, those are funny.

Anyways, my Dad once tried playing Gears of War. He proceeded to unload all of his ammo at an unbreakable door, run out of ammo and get killed, from he told me.

edited 19th May '11 4:42:53 PM by RocketDude

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My sister comes to my room every now and then to play Vice City on my computer. She doesn't usually play for too long, and doesn't even go through the story - she just likes to drive around and kill people.

My dad loves Call of Duty 4. He plays on the PC and mostly goes sniper.
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