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How I got my girl into gaming


Much like Clubhouse Games before it, she was already familiar with some of the games I have on XBLA. Namely, Catan, Carcassonne, and Ticket to Ride are all board games that I also own in real life. I showed her how to navigate the menus, and in no time she was playing on her own while I was off at work. The ease and accessibility of XBLA certainly facilitated the process, and now I'm glad to see that she can find her way around the 360's interface like a pro now.

You're still thinking, "But those are still just casual games!" I know. Shut up.

A little while ago, I started playing Lost Odyssey. "Come check out these dream sequences," I said to her. "Some of them are actually really sad." I invited her to watch me play the game, as it comes from a pedigree known for incredible storytelling. This all brings me to the reason I decided to write this blog. The other day, she told me that she wants to play Lost Odyssey herself. I was thrilled.

I immediately went through my collection looking for other games I want her to experience. Bioshock, Zack & Wiki, Beyond Good & Evil, Psychonauts, Katamari Damacy, Okami, Shadow of the Colossus, Phoenix Wright, Hotel Dusk... I can't help but get giddy now just imagining her experiencing these games, with me there by her side.

And so, a gamer is born, and I hope to share many more of these experiences with her.
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About Darren Nakamuraone of us since 2:29 AM on 11.06.2006

Darren is a scientist during the day. He has been a Destructoid community member since 2006, joining the front page as a contributor in 2011.

While he enjoys shooters, RPGs, platformers, strategy, and rhythm games, he takes particular interest in independent games. He produced the Zero Cool Podcast for about four years, and he plays board games quite a bit when he can find willing companions.

FULL DISCLOSURE: Darren Nakamura knows several people in the video game industry, most of whom are Destructoid alumni. These include:

Anthony Burch, former writer for Gearbox Software
Ashly Burch, notable voice actor
Nick Chester, publicist for Harmonix Music Systems
Chad Concelmo, writer for Golin Harris
Aaron Linde, writer for Gearbox Software
Jayson Napolitano, publicist for Scarlet Moon Productions
Brad Nicholson, former publicist for Uber Entertainment
Alex Ryan, publicist for Kalypso Media
Jim Sterling, notable voice actor

Darren backs a lot of Kickstarter campaigns! If you want to see what he has backed, you can go here. If he ever reviews a game that he backed, that will be explicitly disclosed in the review.

Darren invested in Psychonauts 2 on Fig.
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