Turning my wife into a geek.
My wife likes games but sheâ€™s not a geek. It occurred to me that if I could get her into good games, we might have something here. It started with German board games. On Scottâ€™s recommendation, weâ€™ve been playing Lost Cities and Carcassonne. We bought Settlers of Catan, but we havenâ€™t found anyone who will actually play with us yet. (Lots of people have said they would, no one has shown up). Sheâ€™s being drawn into it because I will play these sorts of games with her instead of playing on the computer all night.
Sheâ€™s never played video games though, except for Tetris years ago on a computer. I bought a DS when it first came out, even before I had ever really thought of there being a Geek lifestyle and before I started listening to Messers R & S. However, it spent a long time gathering dust. After I started listening to the show, I realized that there were games that I was missing out on and started buying games based on Geeknights recommendations. Buying Tetris and Brain Age really advanced the cause of Geekdom for my wife because she now carries my DS in her purse so she can play these games.
But it left me without a DS. Until today. Today I bought a DS Lite and two games: Bomberman and Mario Kart. Weâ€™re going to be going to Hawaii in August (while all of you are at Otakon) and these games will be teh awesome on the plane.
So now she plays board games and plays DS games. Thereâ€™s still anime. The only thing I can get her to watch is Miyazaki. She loves his films, but hates my beloved Ghost in the Shell. She doesnâ€™t even begin to understand some of the other stuff Iâ€™ve watched. She just shook her head at ROD and Trigun. Yet, sheâ€™s come a long way in her geek transformation. This podcast has helped. Sometimes Iâ€™ll play it when weâ€™re playing Lost Cities. Sheâ€™s not high on the swearing, but sheâ€™ll listen. Sheâ€™ll roll her eyes at the rants, but she doesnâ€™t make me turn it off.
While she doesnâ€™t consider herself a geek, Iâ€™ve got her doing geeky things and thatâ€™s fun. I donâ€™t think youâ€™ll ever see us at a con, though. Being in our 40s, weâ€™re just too damn old. Maybe in ten years, when our kids are teenagers, then weâ€™ll have an excuse.