Gaming has evolved a lot over the past few years. It’s not all shooters and racers anymore. Although those still form the bulk of the sales (think of them as Salman Khan movies) we now have games coming in across multiple genres, and some creating their own genres because they are just too different to categorize.
Unfortunately, the average person’s mindset regarding gaming is still that of dudebro shooters involving mowing down hundreds upon hundreds of bad guys with guns bigger than Kanye’s ego. It’s difficult to recommend a non-gamer something to play without them dismissing it as the same old games they have seen other people play, without even wanting to find out what it really is. It’s not uncommon to find people who think gaming is some nerdy bullshit that dweebs do in their basement while eating Doritos and drinking Mountain Dew. While that is true, it doesn’t have to be that way. The popularity of games like Candy Crush Saga and FarmVille suggests that people aren’t dismissive of actual games but rather the idea of gaming. And the only way to change their perception of gaming is by making sure they are exposed to the right games.
Now what ‘right games’ is depends upon the person but for most people it’s casual games. While something like Candy Crush Saga might be too casual, there are several games coming out now that focus more on the characters and the storytelling aspect while using the gameplay just to move the plot along. In others you progress by solving puzzles. Then there are those that just let you explore without actually doing anything. There is a lot of variety now and believe it or not it can all be done without firing a single bullet.
Every time I play one of these games I think to myself I bet that person would really enjoy this game if they gave it a chance. Then I realize that they won’t, because it’s a game. But that’s something I thought I could change with Simple Game Reviews™. Not a particularly clever title but that’s okay. The goal is to make short reviews of games I think a majority of the non-gaming populace would be able to play and like. The bigger goal is to get them to spend more money on Steam and ALL HAIL OUR LORD AND SAVIOR GABEN. Ignore that last part.
But all seriousness aside, I hope it will get more people to try out games because I think it’s a fantastic medium for storytelling and for mentally challenging yourself a little while having a good time. And mostly it will get people to stop playing Candy Crush Saga. Actually this is all about that. Just that. Everything else I wrote was a lie. Just a big fat lie to get people to stop play Candy Crush…
Anyway, expect a Simple Game Review soon.