What Casual Games Are Like For Someone Who Doesn't Play Games


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In this episode of Gaming For A Non-Gamer, I finally had my wife try out some of the games that I probably should have had her play in the first place, like Animal Crossing: New Horizons, Stardew Valley, The Sims 4 and Slime Rancher. So, this is what casual games are like for someone who doesn’t play games.

Anyway, how are you doing today?

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37 Responses to “What Casual Games Are Like For Someone Who Doesn't Play Games

  • Hey! Thank you for watching. If you would like some extra content, I post videos of my wife's (also known as the Lady I Live With) playthroughs along with a monthly Q+A podcast on my patreon, so if you have the interest and means to do so, consider supporting: https://www.patreon.com/razbuten. Also, catch me over on Twitch where I stream games and whatever: https://www.twitch.tv/razbuten

    Anyway, I appreciate you all for watching, and I hope you enjoyed this one. It was a lot of fun to make, and getting to chronicle my wife's journey into games (and descent into madness) has been a pleasure. I look forward to making more in the future. In the immediate horizon though I have a super self-indulgent piece about feelings or whatever, and I have some ideas on a piece about a certain animated show that just made it's way back onto Netflix, so look forward to those coming out soonish (at least, soon by Raz's standards).

  • Do third person games help (or solve) with simulation sickness?

  • Hold up paying that's what was your wife a gambler

  • When his wife is better at building than you after playing minecraft since 2016

    To be fair I never build I only do pvp

  • ACNH is trash

  • get her to play UNDERTALE

  • This video does a great job explaining why the Sims is fundamentally the most vile game franchise of all time. I have never understood how anyone can stand to play a game where the goal is to sit and wait and watch things you sort of have a little control over happen. Well, actually I guess I do understand, as there are people who like having fish as pets or doing birdwatching. But why do it on your computer?

  • Great she’s proficient now, make her play Escape From Tarkov >:)

  • so uh.. all i play are these life sim, easy casual games. i wanna try branching out. anyone have some good recommendations that arent too much money? I'm a high schooler with not a lot of money :,))

  • First time hearing about simulation illness. Its an interesting thing.

  • I would love to see how "the woman you live with" reacts to more physical games like those for the Wii, Xbox Kinect, VR, and AR. Would she prefer to physically control motions and see them on a screen, enter and experience a virtual reality, or experience the video game within reality.

  • A genera id like to see if fighting games

  • None gamer : +60 hrs Animal crossing
    Me : /:

  • Get her to play Gta online in a public lobby

  • When I was young, I asked my mother if she could play Crash Team Racing with me and the first thing she did on a race was to drive straight up into a wall xD

  • i have to agree with you with the tutorial stuff for most games, but at the same time i think the thought that goes through the creators head is that if a player already knows what to expect, but still want to play the tutorial, a long well thought out tutorial may drive some of the veteran gamers away from the game because they can't get out of the tutorial or may give them a negative vision on what to expect of the game. i had this issue with overwatch, i hated how long the tutorial was and it really wasn't even that good in terms of teaching you of game mechanics or character abilities, when i first started, i couldn't figure out what the hell sombra's hack did or how to hack someone until i accidentally did it. games like overwatch i can understand having smaller tutorials since after all it's supposed to be a competitive game where as games like sims and star dew valley i think would be better with slightly more fleshed out tutorials and not just throw everything in your face with little to no explanation, but idk if it's just the online mmos i've played, but i can play for hours upon hours and it just feels like a massive tutorial so imma just stop typing now XD

  • Her reason to be playing Animal Crossing is the same reason why people play Fortnite. Which is sad because they're not playing to enjoy the game itself, don't care if it's good or bad, but only because it's a popular thing. Don't know why people feel the urge to follow trends. Could it be the social aspect of it? Maybe.

  • "Speaking of segues, WIRES amirite!?" idk why but that got me lmao

  • Bruh, I didn't know you could sprint in animal crossing until like a week after I finished the campaign.

  • Have you had her play any Kirby games yet? They're generally beginner friendly from my experience. Something like Pokemon might also be beginner friendly due to the simple gameplay and turn based combat.

    (Of course I'm not the best judge of this given that I grew up with anything ranging between the SNES and the Wii and have been gaming for a long time)

  • You should get her to play Mega Man X sometime. We could test Arin's theory on how genius the opening stage is for people who don't play games.

  • When’s Pokémon gonna be here?

  • If you want to really put her through the ringer, have her try a fighting game. MK11 and For Honor would be my recommendations

  • Sounds like ur wife likes derpy potato games. Which is adorkable.

  • Have you tried a Kirby game? Most of them are made specifically with new players in mind.

  • What VR games are like for a non-gamer next? 👀

  • Some big gaming studio really should study your series

  • I am a person that loves video games but don’t find much motivation in animal crossing lol

  • Is your name Razbuten because Rasputin?

  • Wait. There isnt a way to just build houses with unlimited money in Sims 4? There was in every Sims game before it. Sims 4 took so many steps backwards man. Its sad.

  • Would it be considered evil to make her play getting over it

  • When you ask your grandmother to play games but she thinks you mean a board game 😈

  • "Do you ever game so hard it hurts?"

    Welcome to the world of gaming. I gamed so hard that when I relaxed, I felt like a day passed and my everywhere aches. oh wait a day did pass? IT WAS 3 MONTHS????

  • I grew up playing RPGs, and I've noticed I find games that aren't RPGs kind of stressful to play. In Pokemon or Xenoblade, if something is too tough for you, you can just fuck off somewhere else, take a break, do some easier challenges, etc. Hmm, I guess I should change the category to "fairly open-world", because the games I want to use as examples of ones that stress me out are still RPGs. xD But like…Bastion, for example. I can appreciate its quality in gameplay and world-building and storytelling. But I find it very stressful because I can't just save whenever I want. I have to make it all the way through a level, or die. It's high-intensity (by my standards) all the time, even at the weapon trial zones. Same with Fell Seal (which is like FF Tactics except…it has GOOD writing). I love playing Fell Seal, but the tactics gameplay, to me, is stressful. I have to seriously focus at all times, or die. It's kind of like if Pokemon was constantly competitive-level challenging/complex (such as in the fan-made game Pokemon Reborn). Except I'd have a less stressful time of that because I know the mechanics of Pokemon fairly thoroughly. 😛 But that's an aside.

    I guess what I'm trying to say with this lengthy ramble is yeah, an adult would have an easier time interacting with things they're already familiar with. In my case: open RPGs. In your wife's case: IRL issues. Ugh, I hope I don't become inflexible in my old age (I'm 30 – I'm ANCIENT). I want to stay being open to trying new things.

    Have you considered having your wife play horror games? That might be hilarious. I'm thinking of Layers of Fear, since that's mostly atmospheric and it's pretty hard to die in. I want to suggest Little Nightmares, too, but that one might be a teeny bit more complicated for her? Not sure. But dying in that game doesn't set you back very far, so it might not be as frustrating.

  • You should make her play ark survival evolved

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