If there is something in your life that you enjoy and derive a lot of pleasure from, it goes without saying that you want to share it with the people in your life who you love. When it comes to some things – TV shows, movies, etc. – this is pretty simple. Most of your loved ones will have some basis in those areas and will be willing to take recommendations, sharing your enthusiasm for something you enjoy.
Gaming, not so much. Thanks to a reputation cultivated primarily in the 90s, gaming doesn’t tend to fare so well among those who don’t do it. For certain sections of society, gaming will always relate to inciting violence (which there is no evidence it does) or representing a culture of introvert “nerds” who have got nothing better to do. How readily do you tell your friends and family that a perfect night for you is one spent parked in front of a console? Probably not as willingly as you’d say you were going to see a movie, anyway.
So if gaming has a reputation that precedes it but you want to share your enthusiasm, how do you introduce it to friends and family?
Defeat The Stereotype With Honesty
If you have never been 100% honest about both your love of gaming and how often you do it, then the first route to defeating the stereotype is by being honest. It’s not like you need to sit down and having a serious discussion, but dropping it into the conversation will help a lot.
The reason? Your friends and family know you and that means they know you’re not violent / a loser / a nerd for whom there is no home. By bringing the association of you and gaming together, then they might begin to come around to the idea.
Show How Games Are Everywhere
Gaming has become more popular, though it has not quite managed to defeat the impression some people have of it. That’s why it’s important to point out how ubiquitous gaming is, and how sitting down with a console is not so different to your Mum telling her online bingo stories or your younger sibling playing Pokemon Go or Candy Crush. They’re all sides of the same coin.
By seeing that gaming isn’t some scary world that they could never imagine entering, people may become more open to expanding their enjoyment.
Let Them Play
There is a temptation for gamers to want to show off their skills. So if you have someone who is interested, you decide to “show them how to do it” in the name of helping them. However, that doesn’t help with anything at all.
To learn to love gaming, the people you share your passion with are going to have to actually play games. Start simple with easy platform games or perhaps Minecraft. That means handing over the controller and taking a backseat for awhile, letting them learn through trial and error the way that you do. If they explicitly ask you to show them how something is done then, of course, step in and help, but for the most part keep your involvement minimal.