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Games For Both Of Us?

simoniker posted more than 10 years ago | from the happy-families dept.

Games 208

Truist writes "My wife and I have started playing games together (side by side at the computer) recently, and we're having a hard time finding games that we both like. Specifically, I tend to like FPS games (Quake) and she tends to like puzzle games (Myst), but we're both happy to meet in the middle. She doesn't seem to like Worms, but Return to Castle Wolfenstein was a huge success for both of us. What are your suggestions for good games that we can play together, and that we'll both enjoy?"

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I know a fun game (0, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7614361)

kill all muslims

Re:I know a fun game (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7614386)

Is that the one where you simply sell them explosives and they blow themselves up?

My Wife Morgan Fairchild (0, Funny)

bzant (256795) | more than 10 years ago | (#7614363)

Yeah, my wife Morgan Fairchild like to play FPS's with me too, yeah, that's the ticket.

mame.. (1, Insightful)

gl4ss (559668) | more than 10 years ago | (#7614371)

seriously.

there's shitloads of good games there that the gals like.
.

hmmm (2, Interesting)

jeffy124 (453342) | more than 10 years ago | (#7614383)

my ex-g/f liked to play GTA3.

Re:hmmm (1)

Goldberg's Pants (139800) | more than 10 years ago | (#7614665)

Neverwinter Nights. End of story.

Re:hmmm (5, Funny)

Big Sean O (317186) | more than 10 years ago | (#7614729)

My wife calls it "Evernipple Nights" because of the large bosomed ladies everywhere. She also made fun of me for playing it too much.

We've had great success playing the Sims. I got sick of playing that one, because I got tired of making new friends. I mean, sheesh, I don't have 9 "real" friends, much less 9 sim friends.

Re:hmmm (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7614925)

Is she tiny or something? Why do women have a problem with playing a game with large breasted toons in 'em?

Re:hmmm (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7614666)

oh she still does - except these days, she's not retreating to a video game because of an inadequate sex life; she's using a brief round of video games to recover from all the mind-blowing orgasms i'm giving her. honestly, my dong is ripping her apart on a daily basis.

sincerely,
dad

p.s. see you at christmas jeff

Re:hmmm (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7614851)

Why don't you call me at 1-888-633-3446?

Re:hmmm (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7614947)

why would i do such a thing? what do i get out of it?

Subspace/Continuum (3, Interesting)

nukem1999 (142700) | more than 10 years ago | (#7614391)

http://www.subspacehq.com/
Free download, free play, tons of fun. Got my GF hooked.

Re:Subspace/Continuum (1)

Danse (1026) | more than 10 years ago | (#7615088)

I used to be seriously hooked on that game. I have all the Continuum files and stuff now and even went back and played some about a year ago, but I had a lot of lag problems on the servers at the time, so it was less than fun. Not to mention my favorite game type was Turf, and I couldn't find any turf server with more than a handfull of players on it. :(

Co-Op (1)

commonchaos (309500) | more than 10 years ago | (#7614393)

I'd still like to find some games other than Diablo that have good co-op "missions". I've been playing a lot of tower defense maps on Warcraft III lately, and that has been fun. Any other ideas?

Re:Co-Op (3, Interesting)

Rick the Red (307103) | more than 10 years ago | (#7614456)

Halo. My wife didn't even want me to get Halo, but when she watched her nephews playing it she got hooked. We played it in cooperative mode and had a blast. Way too many 2am bedtimes because of Halo! :-) I suspect that over Christmas we'll give it another go at a higher level.

Oni was a good blend of action/story/puzzle... (1)

Ambiguous Coward (205751) | more than 10 years ago | (#7614394)

I liked Oni. My woman liked Oni...we both liked it a lot, actually. And no, I'm not being sexist calling her "my woman," and no, I'm not crazy, claiming that Oni was good. It was, it just had a lot of...work still to be done. :P But yeah, unless actually playing the game multiplayer-style is a requirement, I recommend Oni. :)

-Munki

Re:Oni was a good blend of action/story/puzzle... (1)

Lathan (610213) | more than 10 years ago | (#7615390)

Are you talking about the PlayStation version or PC? I've heard that the PS port had some control problems, but I got it for the computer instead... and I didn't find much of anything to complain about.

Though, yes... single-player only, so you're going to have to take turns if you want to play it with someone.

Something Awful Says... (-1, Troll)

Ieshan (409693) | more than 10 years ago | (#7614405)

You might take a look at the game reviews by Something Awful.Their scoring system is intelligent and well minded, and the reviewer has exceedingly high taste.

Game Reviews [somethingawful.com]

Re:Something Awful Says... (1)

dtfinch (661405) | more than 10 years ago | (#7614502)

They actually have 3 game sections. That's just the one most geared towards, er, lovers.

Baldur's Gate: Dark Alliance (2, Interesting)

Calmiche (531074) | more than 10 years ago | (#7614409)

Always, Baldur's Gate: Dark Alliance. It's a two person cooperaive dungeon crawl. Enough D&D and character leveling to be interesting for a long time gamer and simple enough for a newbie.

My girlfriend hates most gaming, especially D&D, but she begs me to play Dark Alliance with her.

Sorry, XBox and PS2 only. Also, it's pretty short. About 6-8 hours will get you through the game, even on a first run through. (And Baldur's Gate: Dark Alliance 2 is on the way!)

Re:Baldur's Gate: Dark Alliance (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7614482)

Xbox and PS2? That's odd, since I played it at a friend's place who only has a GameCube. (But no, no PC port.)

If you have an XBox then Dungeons & Dragons: Heroes is almost the exact same game with a few improvements and a few things that will tick you off. Supports up to 4 people too.

Re:Baldur's Gate: Dark Alliance (1)

Calmiche (531074) | more than 10 years ago | (#7614515)

She just got home and I asked her..

She's hooked on Warblade [warblade.as] , a really good independent, Galaga type game development by Edgar M Vigdal.

She also loves the Sims. Also, she likes a lot of the computer adapted board games. Monopoly, trivia, etc..

She loves Jeopardy and a lot of the fighting games like Mortal Kombat, Street Fighter, etc...

There are some classics too like Oregon Trail.

Hmm.. Now that I think about it, she doesn't play many games..

Yes for Warblade... (1)

pruneau (208454) | more than 10 years ago | (#7615479)

Warblade: yes, I concur. There should even be a cooperative mode in the final version, but now two players can still have fun in competitive mode... And that's what we do !

From our glorious past, we liteerally used to play days long scenarios on settlers I (here [bluebyte.net] at bluebytes), because it allowed players to have thei own half of the screen, and it accepted two mices at the same time. Too bad they dropped the concept afterward and the AI sucked big time...

WRONG! (1)

IIRCAFAIKIANAL (572786) | more than 10 years ago | (#7615227)

it's available for the gamecube. :D

I agree, it is very fun. Unfortunately it is very short... I wouldn't buy it myself (again) - i'd just rent it if you plan on spending a weekend on it.

The original (1)

JeffTL (667728) | more than 10 years ago | (#7615391)

Play the original Baldur's Gate, the Win/Mac one. The second one is good too, particularly with its expansion. Not short at all, will run on loads of hardware, AND if you're a Linux type I think it'll run under WineX.

Rez (5, Funny)

Scrameustache (459504) | more than 10 years ago | (#7614410)

You and your wife might enjoy a game of Rez on PS2.

In fact, if you have the right peripheral, she might enjoy it more than you [gamegirladvance.com] ...
: )

Have you tried RPGs? (2, Insightful)

Decaffeinated Jedi (648571) | more than 10 years ago | (#7614416)

Have you tried role-playing games? My wife and I really enjoy playing CRPGs together; Anachronox has been our favorite so far. First-person shooters don't really allow both players to participate. An RPG requires a bit more thought and is slow-paced enough that both people can take part even if only one has his or her hand on the mouse. The same goes for strategy games. We've had a blast with Tropico. She does most of the planning, and I do most of the grunt work on making it happen. It's a good arrangement.

If you're really attached to first-person shooters, though, try something slower paced with a bit more strategy--System Shock 2, the Thief games, Deux Ex, and so forth. You might find something you both like.

Re:Have you tried RPGs? (3, Funny)

Rick the Red (307103) | more than 10 years ago | (#7614527)

Have you tried role-playing games?
You mean like "the salesman and the hotel maid"?

Also, try falling block puzzle games (1)

mausmalone (594185) | more than 10 years ago | (#7614580)

Stuff like Puzzle Fighter, Puyo Puyo, Puzzle Bobble and the like sound like they'd be good for you two. She likes puzzles, and you like fast paced games.

My gf and I play Pokemon Puzzle League against each other all the time. I've been playing longer, though, so I often have to let her win so she'll still play me.

Re:Also, try falling block puzzle games (2, Funny)

JDWTopGuy (209256) | more than 10 years ago | (#7614920)

My gf and I play Pokemon Puzzle League against each other all the time.

Man, 11 years old and you've already got a girlfriend? I smell BS.

Re:Have you tried RPGs? (1)

ceej (185138) | more than 10 years ago | (#7615370)

My husband and I do most of our gaming together. We tend not to like the "sit next to each other and share a keyboard" thing. We prefer networked games we can each have a character in. I like hardcore FPSes more than he does, but we've played a lot of Team Fortress Classic together. System Shock 2 was one of our favorites, because it could be played through cooperatively, and of course it was a great game by itself.

There aren't a lot of games that allow networked cooperative play out at the moment, so recently we've been playing MMORPGs together. We had stints in DAoC, SWG, and now FFXI. SWG is pretty good for very social players who can put up with bugs in exchange for an interesting virtual world sort of thing.

Recent team shooters like Wolfenstein:ET and maybe even America's Army could also be fun.

Adventure... (5, Informative)

S. Traaken (28509) | more than 10 years ago | (#7614423)

Sam and Max, the Monkey Island series, Day of the Tentacle (Lucasarts adventures in general) have worked for my wife and I.

Marathon (3, Interesting)

Johnny Mnemonic (176043) | more than 10 years ago | (#7614438)


If you can find it, I think you'd both like Marathon [bungie.com] . Really more of a puzzle than a FPS--it's not nearly as competitive as, say, Unreal--it has a nice blend of "How do I open that door" with twitch fragging. I would often clear a level, and then go back to figure out all the puzzles. Really, one of the best games of it's class, although now the graphics are dated. It gave a Mac-gamer hope in a dark day...but I'm not going to believe Halo is actually shipping for the Mac until I install it.

(Marathon also was available for the PC, but not nearly as widely known as it was on the Mac. And, good luck finding it, especially for the PC--but I'll warrant any Mac user from 98 still has a copy lying around somewhere.)

Re:Marathon (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7614558)

There's always Bungie's online store...

Weird thing to ask... (1)

AceM2 (655504) | more than 10 years ago | (#7614458)

Seriously, this is a question you're better off just asking some gamer friends who know more about the two of you.

Personally though, my ex and I played just about every multiplayer pc game out there... I have never bought a game on anyone's word either, especially considering the price of a new game. I would just ask around and go play at someone's house to sample a lot of different genres. You like fps and she likes puzzle games, but have you tried strategy games like age of empires, civilizations (freeciv), or command & conquer?

You may not consider them husband+wife games right off, but EverQuest, Galaxies, MUDs, and other rpg games combine puzzles with fighting. Plus they really do often encourage group playing so that would obviously be a plus in your case.

A Tale in the Desert (3, Interesting)

Teppy (105859) | more than 10 years ago | (#7614459)

Not sure if a non-combat game would be your cup of tea, but our game [atitd.com] has what I believe is the highest proportion of female players of all MMORPGs. 27% if you're counting based on paid accounts, and 40% if you're counting by hours played. (Yes, women tend to play more hours than men.) Anecdotally, I find that people almost always play a character of their gender. I've talked to dozens of guys who have said "This is the first computer game my wife/girlfriend will play with me."

We have Windows and Linux clients, and it's free for 24 hours. (We don't even ask for a credit card upfront.) If you check it out, do a "/chat pharaoh" in game and let me know.

Re:A Tale in the Desert (1)

FannyMinstrel (656700) | more than 10 years ago | (#7615312)

...and 40% if you're counting by hours played. (Yes, women tend to play more hours than men.)
What the hell?
Now, let me get my maths right here.
100-40=60
OK, So that leaves 60% of the hours to someone other than females.
Now, if women tend to play more hours than men, that means that there are at most 39% men playing.
Now.
40+39=79
100-79=21

So theres 21% of the hours been played by people not male or female.
WTF?

Two-Player Games (1)

Monthenor (42511) | more than 10 years ago | (#7614462)

My siblings and I always had good times with X-Wing CD. It's a bit old to run on anything now, but if you can find something similar...One of us (on joystick) was the main pilot/gunner, tasked with shooting stuff and not getting us blown up. The other (on keyboard) was the R2 unit, keeping our shields filled and oriented, weapons selected and charged, and cycling targets on request. It made our simple X-Wing into a whirling dervish of pain without overwhelming either of us. Especially in Bonus Mission 2, the 90-minute convoy raid.

Puzzle games like Grim Fandango or The Longest Journey are always better with a partner. Your teammate can spot tiny hotspots you may miss, or you can just show off your clever riddling and inventory-management abilities.

Hmmmm, if you've actually got a girl there... (1)

TerryAtWork (598364) | more than 10 years ago | (#7614469)

I recomend games that involve handcuffs and mineral oil. The hell with video games.

Re:Hmmmm, if you've actually got a girl there... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7615118)

Yeah, well when you actually have access to a girl for more than a couple days out of the year, you'll want to do other things with them. Especially when you don't have to pay them by the hour to hang out with you :-P

Re:Hmmmm, if you've actually got a girl there... (1)

SanityInAnarchy (655584) | more than 10 years ago | (#7615163)

Then why do people by so many video games? Any game gets boring eventually.

Lots o' good stuff (1, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7614476)

First of all it sounds like you might want to go with a console as opposed to a PC. Consoles are inherently more social both because of their design and the selection of games as a result of that design.

Coop play in console FPS' is all the rage now and still great fun even if one player is more skilled than the other. Halo and Timesplitters 2 both have fun Coop play. Balder's Gate: Dark Alliance is an action RPG that has some interesting Coop mechanics as well.

Battlefield 1942 on PC might be fun as you could play as assault as your partner can play as Engineer.

You can always just play Adventure games such as the Myst on the same computer and just bounce ideas off each other. Lucasarts has a great catalogue of titles you should check out if you haven't already.

Tradition (-1, Offtopic)

skinfitz (564041) | more than 10 years ago | (#7614477)

Have you considered the more traditional husband and wife games such as "Hide the Sausage"?

Gauntlet (2, Interesting)

Samrobb (12731) | more than 10 years ago | (#7614492)

My wife and I got into playing Gauntlet together over 10 years ago. To this day, we still get out once a year or so to blow a pocketfull of quarters playing Gauntlet Legends at whatever local arcade has it at the moment. It's got a good mix of strategy, action, and teamwork that we both enjoy. I think I've seen it available on consoles - if you can find it, you might want to give it a try.

Tag Team Singleplayer (1)

n.wegner (613340) | more than 10 years ago | (#7614507)

I remember playing lots of old games in pairs by alternating playing a level in the singleplayer game. Mario 64 works pretty well, because it's expected to play each level a few times to get all the stars. I'd guess Mario Sunshine would be up there, too. I'd suggest picking up some cart readers (SNES, N64), an N64->USB adapter, an N64 controller, a SNES-like USB controller, and then get all the good carts for SNES and N64. Super Mario World, Mario 64, Yoshi's Island, Yoshi's Story, Mario Kart, Mario Kart 64, Starfox 64, and maybe Goldeneye and Perfect Dark if she likes those. Perfect Dark is just about right, because it has full-fledged coop mode. Now, you just need emulators like PJ64 and SNES9x or ZSNES.

Re:Tag Team Singleplayer (1)

ElleyKitten (715519) | more than 10 years ago | (#7614990)

Wouldn't it be easier just to get the systems rather than cart readers and USB adapters and controllers? Just a thought.

Re:Tag Team Singleplayer (1)

n.wegner (613340) | more than 10 years ago | (#7615131)

Lots of reasons:

- one computer instead of many consoles to hook up
- emulators tend to offer smoothing options, higher resolutions
- larger choice of controllers, since every USB controller, keyboards, mice, plus adapters for many consoles, are available
- can play most games on a laptop, or older games on PDA
- aging console hardware is harder to find, won't last as long

Re:Tag Team Singleplayer (1)

AvantLegion (595806) | more than 10 years ago | (#7615201)

Some good reasons, some less so.

PC controllers, especially these days, largely ape their console counterparts. Plus, there's much to be said about playing a game with the input device it was designed for. I do lots of emulation on my PowerBook, and it's great, but sometimes, since my controller isn't the same as a Genesis (for example) one game will need a button combination that isn't too convienent on my controller mapping, but changing the mapping presents issues in another game. It's not a deal-breaker, but it can be annoying.

Old hardware isn't hard to find [ebay.com] , particularly for the average Slashdot user. As for hardware lifespan, you have part of a point, but not incredibly so. My two NESs now work like brand new after buying a pair of $10 replacement connectors. Anything newer than the NES doesn't have the same design flaws that led to the NES's problems (which were happening back when the NES was a current console, even).

There's also lots to be said for playing the console games on the TV. It's usually easier to crowd around the TV than it is the computer desk - or if you use a laptop, you're playing on a small screen. At the same time, as you point out, emulators do often have options to improve the visuals (I just played Super Metroid with OpenGL making everything smoother and nicer looking).

I'd say it all depends on the computers, the seating arrangements near them, etc. Plenty of good reasons to go either way.

Gauntlet and Fighting Games (1)

loosenut (116184) | more than 10 years ago | (#7614511)

Best thing I ever did for our relationship was buy a PS/2 and Tekken 3 and leave it at her house. Too bad she beats me all the time. (Hint: if you are good at a game, let her win every once in a while. Don't expect her to return the favor, though).

Recently, we've been playing Gauntlet: Dark Legacy. That's a good co-op game, even if it is cheesy and not exactly a five-star game.

And on her own, she likes Ico, a little bit of Ratchet and Clank, and some Ty the Tasmanian Tiger.

I just got Rez (with the Adapter), but we haven't had a chance to "test it out".

Gladius is a recent favorite ... (1)

Flat Feet Pete (87786) | more than 10 years ago | (#7614536)

Gladius [gamerankings.com] is a recent favorite for me and my better half. Co-op or single player. Lots of strategising.

if you haven't got one of the recent Gauntlet Updates, they're worth a look too.

Civilization series (2, Informative)

CanSpice (300894) | more than 10 years ago | (#7614539)

My girlfriend and I have had a few games of Civ3 against each other. You could try out one of that series (including Sid Meier's Alpha Centauri, of course).

Re:Civilization series (1)

Rysc (136391) | more than 10 years ago | (#7615230)

I'm the biggest Civ fan I've ever heard of, but they wren;t really the best choice. A typical game of Civ takes longer than Risk to play, and it only goes up if you have more than one player. it's also exceedingly hard to stop take a break :)

some ideas (1)

Hythlodaeus (411441) | more than 10 years ago | (#7614545)

These are some things my girlfriend and I have enjoyed playing together.

If she likes Myst, a natural choice of a game to play together is Uru: Ages Beyond Myst - basically Myst Online. The Baldur's Gate/Neverwinter Nights/etc series is another good place for cooperative play with more action than Myst.

If you're both really patient and like strategy, you could try Master of Orion 3 or Alpha Centauri multiplayer. Be prepared for reaaly long play sessions, though. Starcraft would be a faster play experience. In all of these you can choose to team up or compete, as you please.

Some things that you can't directly play together, but could be a lot of fun to play separately and compare notes / help each other solve are Deus Ex 1 and 2 and any of the Zelda games (but especially the Zeldas for N64 and SNES.) These all include a great mix of action and puzzle solving, but Deus Ex WILL require FPS skillz, even on easy settings. There's also a multiplayer Zelda for GBA, but I haven't tried it.

Only on slashdot (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7614547)

What are your suggestions for good games that we can play together, and and that we'll both enjoy?

Holy crap, man, what the fuck kind of question is that? Use your damn head! And I'm not talking about the one sitting on top of your shoulders...

The counting game! (4, Funny)

GuyMannDude (574364) | more than 10 years ago | (#7614565)

What are your suggestions for good games that we can play together, and and that we'll both enjoy?

Why don't you two have a race to see who can discover the 41st Mersenne Prime [slashdot.org] first?

GMD

Games that the wifey & I play (3, Informative)

MichaelKVance (1663) | more than 10 years ago | (#7614583)

My wife and I play a few games together:

- Diablo II (Mac)
- Baldur's Gate: Dark Alliance (Xbox)
- Dynasty Warriors 3/4 (PS2)
- Time Crisis 2/3, Vampire Nights (PS2)
- House Of The Dead 2 (DC)
- Super Puzzle Fighter II (GBA)

She's sort of an exception to the norm, though. She also enjoys Animal Crossing quite a bit, and doesn't mind watching me play through Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker (GC), or Knights Of The Old Republic (Xbox).

m.

Tetris or Double Dash (2, Informative)

EarwigTC (579471) | more than 10 years ago | (#7614584)

I've found Tetris to be a head-to-head favorite with smart ladies everywhere.

For the girlfriends who aren't as interested in the competitive aspect of multiplayer gaming, the new Mario Kart: Double Dash lets you cooperate, set in a theme that's not pushed towards a particular gender.

Side note: Tried the four-Game Cube link-up. Incredible.

Re:Tetris or Double Dash (1)

tepples (727027) | more than 10 years ago | (#7615122)

I've found Tetris to be a head-to-head favorite

Better yet: Tetanus On Drugs [pineight.com] . You'll feel like you're drunk and/or high, even when you're sober.

IMHO... (3, Insightful)

May Kasahara (606310) | more than 10 years ago | (#7614604)

Maybe it's more of a case of different types of players rather than genders; my boyfriend's the Myst geek, while I prefer Unreal Tournament (not to say he doesn't play FPS games at all, of course...). There's some games (and game types) we both like-- any Final Fantasy game, Mario games, certain puzzle games (ChuChu Rocket for the Dreamcast is a personal fave)-- that have elements that both of us are looking for in a game, such as intellectual stimulation, likeable characters, and a certain type of pacing. I guess finding the right game to play together would including striking the right balance between all these elements.

With that, my recommendations are (besides ChuChu Rocket): Final Fantasy Tactics, Gran Turismo 3, Jak and Daxter: The Precursor Legacy, Super Smash Bros. Melee, and any of the Doom games.

Go for Edutainment! (2, Interesting)

Red Pointy Tail (127601) | more than 10 years ago | (#7614632)


With this game [somethingawful.com] you can have oodles of fun raising your virtual daughter to be a princess (as no doubt your real darling daughter would eventually become), and along the way, you get great tips on how to improve her mood with cake, fish and S&M gear!

Re:Go for Edutainment! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7615351)

Uhhh, how did this get modded "Interesting". It was meant as a JOKE!!

try 'counseling'. (0)

eyenot (102141) | more than 10 years ago | (#7614637)

i don't suggest unbalancing your dangerously, erotically teetering marriage with anything more adventurous or challenging than 'minesweeper'. select 1-player and collaborate.

my wife's preferences (4, Interesting)

egomaniac (105476) | more than 10 years ago | (#7614653)

Games that my wife and I have spent a lot of time playing together:

Diablo II
SimCity
The Sims
various Zeldas
Animal Crossing
Mario Kart: Double Dash

I'm not sure what it is about Diablo II -- it's certainly not a traditional female-friendly game -- but for some reason my wife really loved it and burned serious hours playing it. Now that I think about it, my girlfriend is even less of a gamer than my wife, but for some reason she too is a huge Diablo II fan. It might have to do with the collecting & accessorizing aspect of the game.

The co-op mode in Mario Kart: DD is GREAT for spousal involvement. My wife rides on the back of the cart, helping me dodge things and using items, so she feels very involved and will happily sit and play for hours. But because I'm doing the driving, and therefore most of the success/failure rests on me, she doesn't feel extremely pressured. With my wife, at least, her main turn-off when it comes to video games is pressure: if she gets flustered while playing a game, she won't touch it again. Every single game my wife has ever gotten into has been low pressure, and generally also low-conflict.

I would say that in general Nintendo makes the best gender-neutral games. Buy a GameCube if you don't already have one.

Re:my wife's preferences (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7614701)

my girlfriend is even less of a gamer than my wife

Is she?

Re:my wife's preferences (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7614861)

well, she already knows he cheats, so i suppose she just doesn't even try to play.

Re:my wife's preferences (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7614952)

...my girlfriend is even less of a gamer than my wife...

Do they know about one another? If not, I suggest introducing them to each other and you can all share in a fun game.

I like to call it "Divorce Proceedings Offline". Also be prepared to purchase the following expansion "Divorce Proceedings Offline: Attack of the Alimony".

Fun for the whole family. Well, what's left of it...

Re:my wife's preferences (1)

egomaniac (105476) | more than 10 years ago | (#7615077)

Yes, they know about each other. And our games together are a lot more fun than the one you suggest :-).

Re:my wife's preferences (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7615154)

Now THAT'S game design!!

NWN (1)

Schmelter (563031) | more than 10 years ago | (#7614668)

May I suggest "Neverwinter Nights". It has several gaming aspects which may appeal to both of you. It's a combination of puzzle solving, adventuring, and action. Plus, you can work together through the single player game, building characters that complement each other, and fighting side by side.

She'll like the puzzle-solving role-playing aspect, and you might like the action and horde collecting.

It has a great user community creating scenarios. This guarentees tons of re-play value.

To top it all off, it has Linux support, if that's your thing.

do you like Risk? (1)

BortQ (468164) | more than 10 years ago | (#7614670)

If you guys run MacOS X and you enjoy the boardgame Risk then I would humbly suggest my game Lux [sillysoft.net] . It's fun for the whole family.

Co-op's the key (3, Insightful)

violet16 (700870) | more than 10 years ago | (#7614764)

Rule #1 when playing with your partner is always play co-op. Otherwise you discover that, just like the movie War Games said, nobody really wins.

Age of Empires and Age of Kings went down very well in my house (playing co-op vs the computer). So did Diablo 1 and 2. My girl hates shooters too, but for inexplicable reasons she has become deeply obsessed by Battlefield 1942. I just have to remember to always play on the same side.

HOW DO YOU GET YOUR BITCH TO LIKE VIDEO GAMES (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7614822)

I've been trying with mine for years now. She thinks they're silly. HOW DO YOU DO IT???

Enemy-Territory (1)

obsid1an (665888) | more than 10 years ago | (#7614876)

If your wife liked RtCW then she would probably like Wolfenstein: Enemy-Territory [activision.com] . The best part is that it is free.

my experiences (1)

ArmorFiend (151674) | more than 10 years ago | (#7614921)

Star Control 2 [sourceforge.net] (now GPL) (I always win)
xpuyopuyo [freshmeat.net] (she always wins)
Chu Chu Rocket for dreamcast (anybody's guess)

Natural Selection (2, Informative)

magic (19621) | more than 10 years ago | (#7614978)

Natural Selection [natural-selection.org] is a combined RTS/FPS for multiple players set in the future. One player is the 'commander', who is managing an economy, researching technologies, and devising a strategy to combat an alien infestation (this is the part your wife might like). The other players are space marines who run around in a first person view following orders and killing aliens (this is what you might like).

You can also play on the alien side, where there is no commander. Different alien subspecies have different roles. I like playing the 'gorge' and 'lerk' subspecies that have support roles like healing and building new alien structures. Other players enjoy the front-line combat alien subspecies.

-m

Re:Natural Selection (1)

SanityInAnarchy (655584) | more than 10 years ago | (#7615376)

The nice thing about the alien is you essentially play both roles at once.

And btw, I like playing 'fade' and 'onos'. The one time I actually played this game (and I learned quickly), the opposing team (twice in a row) simply did not get it that if you do not stage an initial rush against the aliens (there were only two of us, mind you) then they evolve. When they evolve, well -- no matter how many upgrades the marines got, both of us just kept charging into their base. Oh, and we have Redemption and Cloaking for rare moments of need.

A GameCube Game (1)

SpookWarfare (691536) | more than 10 years ago | (#7614988)

If you're secure with your manhood give Animal Crossing a go.

Heroes (2, Informative)

webscathe (448715) | more than 10 years ago | (#7615013)

Heroes of Might and Magic. Not just Might and Magic, but Heroes of Might and Magic. Awesome game. My wife and I started playing it when it was at number II and now it's at IV and we still play it. It's basically an animated map that you go around and collect resources, build up your castle, when you fight it moves to a full featured fight screen. Awesome game, I highly recommend it. It's really fun to go coop style on maps that support it as we don't care to fight eachother. Download.com has the demo [com.com] .

Re:Heroes (1)

webscathe (448715) | more than 10 years ago | (#7615181)

The link I left was a link to the 3rd one though.

Good Multiplayer (1)

tprime (673835) | more than 10 years ago | (#7615016)

Add another vote for Baldur's Gate: Dark Alliance. We had a lot of fun playing that one and advancing. My wife still walks around saying "ZUUULUU" and "Hashenshock" like the sorceress does in the game. Another decent one is Dungeons and Dragons Heroes. The story line kinda sucked, but it was a good hack and slash Action RPG as well. Dance Dance Revolution (no, you won't like it as much as she does, but it is good workout)

On the way are Dark Alliance II and Fallout: Brotherhood of Steel. Both are Dark Alliance types of games, but set in vastly different worlds.

MMORPG (1)

Xian007 (527192) | more than 10 years ago | (#7615082)

I think a real good place to meet would be an MMORPG. I was always a big FPS fan as well, but once some friends showed me Dark Age of Camelot I was hooked. Playing any sort of MMORPG was the last thing I would've ever thought of playing... I'd never "be one of those dorky Everquest guys". But after playing FPS games for probably about 5 years and playing only them I decided I'd give DAoC a go and damn it was sweet. This is also the perfect type of game for a couple to play... especially with you, the fps guy, playing a tank, and her, the sit back and have more fun chatting / healing / staying away from lots of action type being a healer. I know it may sound a little dumb but I think an mmorpg would be a good place for you guys to hook up, I know a lot of couples that play. Camelot has a lot of realm-vs-realm stuff, when you finally hit level 50, that keeps the game fun for both of you. If you really decide to get the game, try leveling in Hibernia, with you playing a Hero or Champ and her playing a Bard (or a Druid). You're on the same side, and level up together, then fight together later on against the enemy realms. You'll have a lot of fun kicking ass, and she'll have a lot of fun chatting with people, helping people out with rezzes / heals, and probably doing some of the many quests since she likes the Myst kind of stuff.

She didn't like Worms? (1)

Phleg (523632) | more than 10 years ago | (#7615087)

Sorry, mate; you're doomed =(

It's a hard one... personal taste varies a lot (1)

quinkin (601839) | more than 10 years ago | (#7615102)

I found that most of the FPS's are just too monotonous for my wife...

Finding mutually enjoyable multiplayer games is the hard part. Driving games (especially rally), Diablo-esque games, and a few of the sports games are about all that we can agree on. Your mileage may vary.

That is not to say that you cannot both enjoy single games together. We often play solo games in a tag team fashion (very useful when you have kids:) and it is amazing how much it can defuse the "frustration factor" that so many games engender in us.

Q.

If you have Half-Life (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7615108)

Why don't you try playing Sven Co-Op [svencoop.com] ?

Car (0)

Johnathan James (587546) | more than 10 years ago | (#7615110)

I have a girlfriend and she tends to like racing games. Her current obsession is Need for Speed Undergound :-). I think you should ask her what she likes.

competitive or cooperative (2, Informative)

mzs (595629) | more than 10 years ago | (#7615114)

Depending on our mood my wife and I played either cooperatively or competitively. Currently we play some Frogger game on GC. We take turns each trying to advance farther in the game. Other games that we liked in the past that we took turns to advance were the Abe Oddworld and Rayman games on PS.

The Zelda games did not work well because they took too much time in large chunks to get anywhere, the same with the Final Fantasy games.

We went through a long phase of playing competitively against one another. Some examples here that we liked were Puyo Puyo, Chu Chu Rocket, and Mario Kart. There was also some wierd circles color matching game for PS that I cannot remember the name of. I am ashamed to admit that we even played pong for the PS addictively in two player mode. That was a terrible game but there was just something about yelling, "Take that you stupid rod!"

Now the only thing we play competitively is Mario Party 3, but that is a whole lot more fun when my brother and his girl friend come over.

Since you are married, you should already know what games you like to play together. If you have no video games you both enjoy, it may be the medium. Try some real world games. When we were really competive we liked Risk and Scrabble (in both English and Polish). Now we like doing cross word puzzles together and we have an electronic trivial pursuit that we try to beat our high score in. Outside we liked tennis and swimming. Now we like roller blading and bike rides. The kids like the bike rides too.

Tony Hawk Multiplayer (1)

rustycage (550599) | more than 10 years ago | (#7615115)

Wife and I like to play Tony Hawk on the PS2. Graffitti is the best one as long as she doesn't get mad at you for stealing her "tag". Just have to remind her that its just a game and nothing personal. She also likes the Mario games on the GBA, so for Christmas this year I am getting a GC with Smash Bros and Mario Kart Double Dash. Should be fun.

How about... (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7615129)

A little strip poker?

This was a big hit for both myself, the wife, and the neighbor's wife.

Where do they meet? (1)

_Sexy_Pants_ (703751) | more than 10 years ago | (#7615147)

I remember a game a while ago called Montezuma's Revenge. I can't remember if it was any good actually, but if serious sam is the pure shooting version of the FPS genre, this is on the opposite end if I remember. You're not going to find it in stores though

Get a dance pad or two (2, Interesting)

tepples (727027) | more than 10 years ago | (#7615148)

StepMania [stepmania.com] is a GPL'd rhythm game for Windows, Linux, and Mac. Combine it with two PS1 dance pads [buynshop.com] , a 2xPS1 to USB controller adapter [google.com] , and some Tournamixes [ddramerica.com] , and have hours of fun.

Well, she sure seemed to enjoy playing 'Twister' (1)

Mordant (138460) | more than 10 years ago | (#7615167)

last week when you were out late at the LAN party playing Quake with the guys . . . ;>

Damn lucky fool... (1)

Bansuki (540068) | more than 10 years ago | (#7615169)

Definitely Deus Ex. I've played the original over and over again. It's an fps with a strong plot, rpg elements, and variable gameplay. If she liked Myst she'll like Deus Ex [planetdeusex.com] 's puzzles/encounters which allow you to solve or navigate them in nearly infinite ways. It was released for PC and later ported to PS2 though I can't speak for the console version. Also Deus Ex: Invisible [dxinvisiblewar.com] , the sequel, is coming out this month. For a little more linear game experience with more FPS combat try American McGee's Alice. It's a very polished game. For more RPG try Morrowind. It has great replay value, decent plot, and it's for PC or XBox. But don't forget to get the patches - the initial release was full of bugs. The Medal of Honor series (for pc or console) and Call of Duty are excellent FPS games with great "feel" that makes people next to you want to watch you play. You and your wife can alternate playing and watching. Other games with a good feel or theme include the Lord of the Rings game (Two Towers I think) and Homeworld. Lots of good options. And congratulations on finding a gaming woman! This [gamegirladvance.com] was already suggested but damn if it ain't the best couple game out there!

Scorched Earth (1)

Bahumat (213955) | more than 10 years ago | (#7615186)

The original DOS game. There's few games as fun to share a computer with someone else as that one; tank-based blasting fun. Hell, it made my mother a gamer, and she used to be one of those parents who held placards in protest back in the mid-eighties, against video games and their corruption of youth.

Forget the computer, get a console (1)

Stormwatch (703920) | more than 10 years ago | (#7615301)

Maybe it's just me, but I don't think it is comfortable to have more than one player on a single computer. Sharing the keyboard sucks. You should buy a console.

Get a Sega Dreamcast: it is very cheap nowadays, has lots of great games on all genres, and if you have some friends over you can have four-player games.

Some games I've seen played (1)

Necroman (61604) | more than 10 years ago | (#7615302)

My sister has been married for 8 years or so now, and I've seen her and her husband play a lot of games together (as I've joined in on some).

Warcraft 3 was actually a popular one for them. They would not play the actual game but the custome maps that people would make. There were a lot of team co-op kind of maps for that, and they really enjoyed it.

The game they are on now is Final Fantasy 11. Long ago my sister played Ultima Online when it first came out, since then she has not played another MMORPG. She ended up getting FFXI right around when it came out. After my bro-in-law watcher her play it, she went out and bought it (within a week). They now play together on the same server in the same party. I know just this weekend they spent an entire day not even leaving their computer room.

Team orriented games seem to be the most popular for them, especially ones where it is not uber fast-pased.

Diableo and UT2003 (1)

decairn (669433) | more than 10 years ago | (#7615323)

Diablo and UT2003 are a hit with my wife. Diablo because it's co-operative so we can play and advance together, it's an OK mix of hack'n'slash, roleplay (well not really, but close enough) and some strategy on the encounters. UT2003 because she likes to swear like a teenager and blast anything that moves in Powerball.

PS2 games worth considering (1)

incompetent_bitch (519780) | more than 10 years ago | (#7615363)

My g-friend loved ICO, and is now hooked on Prince of Persia: Sands of Time. Both are excellent games that combine elements of puzzle solving with some fighting. She can go at her own pace which I think she likes, and the fighting isn't twitch-y, so that's a plus.
I would recommend either of these, both are great games.

YDKJ (1)

zenintrude (462825) | more than 10 years ago | (#7615374)

You Don't Know Jack is a great game for more than one person. It's played on one PC by up to three people, and it's absolutely hilarious. I believe that there are around 10 flavors of it floating around with a new release coming up soon...

Duh! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7615435)

It's called SEX
You're a geek, aren't you ?

Why not go Luddite? (1)

Thedalek (473015) | more than 10 years ago | (#7615465)

I find that head-to-head video gaming outside the realm of sports is extremely limited. Sure, there's multiplayer, but generally it's going to be lots of people rather than just two. Which is fine, if that's what you're going for, but it sounds like you're wanting something more personal.

There are a slew of really great non-electronic games available which work quite well with two players, and which don't favor a particular gender. For something nicely strategic, why not try The Settlers of Catan Card Game [boardgamegeek.com] and its expansions [boardgamegeek.com] ? Or, for something a bit lighter, Carcassonne [boardgamegeek.com] is quite good. Lastly, Hera & Zeus [boardgamegeek.com] often gets reccommended for couples.

There are many others, and some lists have been compiled here [boardgamegeek.com] and here [boardgamegeek.com] .
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