I'm looking for games that I (a lifelong gamer) can play with my long-distance girlfriend (almost zero gaming experience). Special snowflake details inside.
One of my principal hobbies is videogames, and I'd like to share that with my girlfriend. Unfortunately, she and I are long-distance for the foreseeable future, which brings in some additional complications.
Personally, I have played games for 20 years and a significant amount of my current leisure time with videogames. This is part of the problem: I can think of a lot of options, but it's difficult for me to understand what will be difficult for her. For example, I've been playing Dungeon Defenders recently, and for me WASD + mouse, tower defense, and gear/level advancement are just facts of life. For her, I can imagine that that would make getting into things very difficult, and I'm scared that if I mess up the choice too badly, it'll make it harder in the future.
I'm looking here for Windows games or Flash games that can be played over the internet. Preferably free, but otherwise something low-cost would be nice.
Some preferences that she has expressed/some history she has:
- She has a very low tolerance for violence. Her aversions here are sometimes unpredictable (for example, I'm not sure if she'd consider something with cartoonish violence against non-human monsters distasteful), but something like Assassin's Creed or realistic FPS are way out of the question.
- Games that are competitive are going to be tough sells--I am very good at videogames in general, and she will be hard-pressed to win very much. We have played Super Mario Kart together and there was a lot of holding back on my part, which made it somewhat unenjoyable for me.
- Her previous experiences with videogames have mostly been watching boyfriends play and feeling very ignored, so I'd like to avoid games which I might accidentally "take over" things and she'd become a passive observer. I can watch out for this in myself, but it's in my nature to do so, and I'd like a game which didn't allow it.
- She is very good at and enjoys word games a lot. If there was a co-op version of Bookworm Adventures, that would be ideal, but sadly I don't know of any such thing. Competitive word games might be doable, except there the situation is reversed, where she is great and I am terrible, and that is no fun for me--I'd much rather play games with people with comparable skill levels, in either direction.
Thanks so much for your help.