ByKory Glover, writer at
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Kory Glover

Do your friends just not get you? Do your friends just not understand why you loving gaming so? If you have this problem then fear no more, for I have found a solution. Seven solutions to be exact. Seven games to introduce to your non-gamer friends that will for sure have them hooked on the noble art of gaming in no time. Results may vary. Let's start with:

1. Outlast

You like good scares and thrills, then look no further than this simple indie horror game. Outlast puts you in the shoes of investigative reporter, Miles Upshur, who receives a hot tip that something shady is going on at Mount Massive Asylum. When inside, he finds that the place has been taken over by violent and disfigured inmates.

You're only weapons in the game are a camcorder you use to record important evidence and see in the dark using night vision, and your own two legs. That's right, you can't fight back in this game. Your only defense is to run away from your enemies, hide and hope like hell they don't find you. The game has a simple control scheme: the WASD keys move and the mouse looks around, while the left mouse button hides under or in certain objects for cover.

Outlast is simple to learn, but it is not for the faint of heart. If you love horror movies, you will love this absolutely terrifying video game.

2. Telltale Game series

Maybe you want to have an experience, maybe you want to play a game with intense storytelling while also making consequential decisions you might regret later? If so then I recommend you play a Telltale Games series. Which one? Any of them. Almost all of them are given overwhelmingly positive reviews.

You want a taste of fantasy and mystery? Then I suggest you check out A Wolf Among Us. You want game that will make laugh that's full of adventure? Check out Tales from Borderlands, you won't be disappointed. You want a deep dramatic game with a touch of horror in it? The Walking Dead season one and two are definitely for you.

Each of these games have the same point and click style of gameplay, where you solve puzzles and decide what your character says from a list of four options. The games also put you in hard situations where you have to make a quick decision that might bite you in the ass later on in the story. They're sad, funny and intriguing all at the same time, you want to get your friends into gaming? Then introduce them to Telltale Games.

3. One Finger Death Punch

Got fast reflexes and a good eye? Then I suggest you check out One Finger Death Punch. Its simple really, you just use the mouse buttons to fight wave after wave of stick people who want to punch you in the face. Press the left mouse button to attack enemies on the left side of the screen and use the right mouse button to attack the enemies on the right side of the screen.

You can't get much more simple then that and yet the game is so strangely addicting. Just make sure you have the good eye because the game gets faster and faster and more crowded the more enemies you defeat. This will probably take some practice.

4. Doom 3

Nah, forget simplicity, high drama and deep storytelling. Maybe you just want to put up a giant weapon and blow a hole into some demon's torso. Doom 3 is a first-person shooter game that pits a single marine against the minions of hell. It's really easy to understand, point your gun at the zombie or demon and shoot it until it can no longer try and kill you. I was considering putting Half-Life or Half-Life 2 in this slot but those games are not very linear and the puzzles can get a little tedious for first-time gamers and take them out of the action.

Doom 3 has a very simple concept of running and gunning to introduce anyone to the gameplay styles of the FPS genre. There's a reason why a sequel is being released this year.

5. RPG Clicker

Ok, ok, maybe console and PC games aren't your thing. Maybe you should try your hand at mobile gaming. Yeah, some gaming snob will tell you that mobile gaming is not really gaming but video games are video games, no matter how you look at it. There are a lot of mobile games to choose from and one of the more simple yet addicting games is RPG Clicker.

Its really simple, all you have to do is tap the screen of your mobile device to defeat enemies, save up gold to upgrade your weapon and spells and move on to different areas to defeat stronger enemies. It's such a simple concept, but you'll lose hours into playing this game just to try and reach the end of it.

6. Harvest Moon

Like Farmville but hate being pressured into making friends and spending money? Then how about you try the classic Harvest Moon. Harvest Moon is a farming simulator that puts you in charge of your father's farm. You do this by allocating different tasks throughout the day such as farming, raising livestock, fishing and foraging.

The game is incredibly addictive and easy to learn how to play. There's a reason they've been making sequels for the past 20 years.

7. Mario

You like platforming games? Mario's got them. You like RPG games? Mario's got those too. You like sports games? Multiplayer games? Puzzle games? Racing games? Mario's got all those as well. Mario has been conquering the gaming industry for the past 30 years and shows no signs of slowing down. Each of his games are praised for there innovation and simplicity.

You want to try a platforming game? The original Mario games are considered by many as platforming masterpieces where you have to move from the left side of the screen to the right side while collecting power-ups and jumping on enemies. You want to try a racing game? Mario Kart offers plenty of fun by yourself and with three other friends. Puzzle game? Dr. Mario. Multiplayer game? Mario Party. You name it, Mario has starred in it.

Mario games are the perfect games to introduce your friends to the concept of gaming because of the franchise's wide variety of genres, the nostalgia and the absolute simplicity that has kept the little plumber going for all these years.

Do you agree with these games? What do you think are good games to introduce to your non-gamer friends?


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