Its hard to make video games appealing to the older demographic. Most people aged 50 years or older usually do not have that much of an interesting anything gaming related. However, I'm one of those gamers that believe anyone can get into gaming, you just have to find your game. After much research and deduction, I have concluded and firmly believe that the newest independent video game, Firewatch, is the perfect game to introduce non-gamers into gaming.
For those of you who are unaware of what the game Firewatch is, I'll give you the rundown keeping the spoilers to none. You play as a middle aged man named Henry who takes a job as a fire lookout in a forest down in Wyoming. He takes this job to get away from his increasingly difficult home life and hopefully get more adventure in his life. While on this job, he is in constant radio contact with his supervisor, Delilah, who seems to have her own skeletons in the closet. Everything at the job seems peaceful until some strange occurrences start making Henry feel a little uneasy with the secluded and lonely nature. There is more than meets the eye.
Firewatch might be one of the best video games I have experienced in years. The story, the narrative and the characters were all so amazing and interesting and kept me invested and guessing throughout the whole game. One of the reasons I believe this is the best video game to introduce non-gamers into gaming is because the concept and controls are very easy to understand and learn. The game, when you really get down to it, is simply a walking simulator where your main objectives usually involve navigating Henry through miles of forest to complete certain tasks.
The only controls that the player needs to really learn to use is the mouse to look around and the WASD keys to navigate the game. Other than that, the player needs to hold shift to use the walkie-talkie to communicate with Delilah. I believe that pretty much anyone today with the heavy use of technology can easily learn to play Firewatch.
Another reason Firewatch is the best game to introduce people to the concept of gaming is because it's story and narrative are fascinating enough to keep anyone invested in this four to five hour long gaming experience. Firewatch brilliantly lets the player think the game is going one way but then it takes you for a loop... and then for a completely different loop. I guarantee that you will not be able to guess the conclusion of this game and that's a really good thing. Now, some people might be a little disappointed to the conclusion, which I can sort of understand, but trust me when I say that it is an absolutely beautiful ending that leaves a real impression on you long after you turn the game off.
If you know that one adult and/or parent that believes video games are nothing but a waste of time and can offer nothing to the public, introduce them to Firewatch. It is literally a simple yet beautiful game that can offer even the most die hard video game hater something amazing to experience.