If there's anything you'd want to teach another gamer, what would it be?

For me its letting my friends know that there is more to experience beyond just one game, one franchise or one genre. I often find myself trying to get them out of their comfort zone and have them try new things. Gaming can be so much more then just playing Call of Duty day in day out. Most of my friends are all FPS gamers. They do nothing but play COD all year every year. Some of them play Battlefield or Borderlands but its always shooters. It's how some of us met first time. Ive always been an avid FPS gamer. Its my personal #1 choice in gaming but ive always enjoyed other games on the side. Puzzle games, 3rd person adventure, strategy etc. I have a broad interest in gaming but my friends didnt.

Im happy to say that ive managed to get several friends playing other games. Things they love to play now and games they would have never even tried before.

For example, a friend of mine was/is a hardcore COD fan ever since COD2. He now plays DOTA2 every single day and barely even touches COD anymore. Another friend checks my Steam activity a lot and whenever i buy a new game she goes to check it out to see if she likes it too. Half the time i see she bought it too a day later. I have friends playing survival games, puzzle games, tower defense games, MOBA's and RPG's now and i can only hope they continue to expand their horizon. I think it can make you a better gamer and make you appreciate games and the development behind it a lot more.

If you have friends that are like this.. dont give up. Tell them to try other things. Let them watch a video, tell them its on sale or send them a gift sometime. It can take some perseverance but once they are out of the bubble they will always wonder what kept them in there in the first place.

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Comment by GoodSamaritan on January 13, 2014 at 2:15pm
I'd like people to find the joy behind sharing knowledge instead of hoarding it. There's more reward in training another player and letting them experience success on their own afterwards than simply squashing inexperienced competition.
Comment by Talis12 on January 14, 2014 at 4:58am
Thats a good one. I enjoy going up against better players so that i have a challenge and can learn from it. Going up against inexperience is fun for two games and then youre bored. I also like showing people where to find stuff in game. The orbs in Journey or chests and symbols in Borderlands etc.
Comment by Hokum on January 14, 2014 at 7:47am

For me it is the uphill struggle of promoting eSports, in my case watching Starcraft. No real luck yet, though some have watched a few Hearthstone competitions, but they got there on their own.

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