5 Non-Gamer Games

5 Non-Gamer Games

Some of the best video games for beginners.

The videogame industry has expanded to an incredibly large scale, ranging from not only classics like Pacman and Super Mario to more diverse gaming genres and styles like FPS, Turn-based strategy, and even hyper-realistic sports and music games. The point is that there is such a massive industry out there that some people who have not jumped into the world of gaming may feel like they are missing out or are too late to the game to get involved. Well, there is really no need to worry at all! I have compiled a list of 5 video games that are great for people who have never even touched a game in their lives. I present to you 5 Non-Gamer Games!

Mario Kart 8 (Wii U)

Almost everyone has heard of the legendary Mario Kart series for their revolutionary take on the world of racing in games. As the most recent game in the franchise, Mario Kart 8 has the simplicity of the past games combined with the inventiveness and creativity in the maps, types of vehicles. and even parachutes in this version. Overall, this game makes for a super fun gateway to the world of Mario and Nintendo,as a whole. Just watch out for those Blue Shells.

Minecraft (Pretty much everything)

This incredible, literally ground-breaking game has become a massive hit over the past five or six years. This game lets the player explore a multitude of different biomes while collecting resources, building anything, and fighting off enemies. The ability for unending creativity and strategy, makes this a super introduction into gaming.

Grand Theft Auto V (PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, Xbox One, PC)

The fifth main installment into this infamously popular videogame franchise is considered to be on of the most detailed and polished open world game of all time. Taking place in a Los Angeles style city, the player can take part in a solid variety of different activities, including robbing stores, buying cars and houses, upgrading weapons, investing in stocks, and even playing a nice game of golf or tennis match. Personally, I have played this game for 36 hours total, and I have still yet to discover around a quarter of the game's world and optional missions. This game, as I'm sure you know, is definitely not for kids, so make sure they are playing something like Minecraft instead.

Civilization V (PC, Mac)

The Civilization series has grown from its roots as a simple game of building empires to a games based on establishing space colonies for your people and troops. This pretty dense strategy game is one of the best of its kind, once the player trumps a relatively steep learning curve. After that, however, it is pretty easy to expand your appreciation for other strategy games of its kind.

The Walking Dead: Telltale Series (pretty much everything as well)

Based off of the AMC television series and the comic books, The Walking Dead by Telltale studios transforms the gaming experience into more of an interactive storyline, where choices of dialogue and survival create and incredibly dramatic and gripping game that does not require any experience whatsoever to enjoy fully. Highly recommend this one.

If there are any games that you think should have been on this list, please let me know in the comments below.

Happy gaming to you all!

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It's Time To Thank Your First Roommate

Not the horror story kind of roommate, but the one that was truly awesome.

Nostalgic feelings have recently caused me to reflect back on my freshman year of college. No other year of my life has been filled with more ups and downs, and highs and lows, than freshman year. Throughout all of the madness, one factor remained constant: my roommate. It is time to thank her for everything. These are only a few of the many reasons to do so, and this goes for roommates everywhere.

You have been through all the college "firsts" together.

If you think about it, your roommate was there through all of your first college experiences. The first day of orientation, wishing you luck on the first days of classes, the first night out, etc. That is something that can never be changed. You will always look back and think, "I remember my first day of college with ____."

You were even each other's first real college friend.

You were even each other's first real college friend.

Months before move-in day, you were already planning out what freshman year would be like. Whether you previously knew each other, met on Facebook, or arranged to meet in person before making any decisions, you made your first real college friend during that process.

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The transition from high school to college is not easy, but somehow you made it out on the other side.

It is no secret that transitioning from high school to college is difficult. No matter how excited you were to get away from home, reality hit at some point. Although some people are better at adjusting than others, at the times when you were not, your roommate was there to listen. You helped each other out, and made it through together.

Late night talks were never more real.

Remember the first week when we stayed up talking until 2:00 a.m. every night? Late night talks will never be more real than they were freshman year. There was so much to plan for, figure out, and hope for. Your roommate talked, listened, laughed, and cried right there with you until one of you stopped responding because sleep took over.

You saw each other at your absolute lowest.

It was difficult being away from home. It hurt watching relationships end and losing touch with your hometown friends. It was stressful trying to get in the swing of college level classes. Despite all of the above, your roommate saw, listened, and strengthened you.

...but you also saw each other during your highest highs.

After seeing each other during the lows, seeing each other during the highs was such a great feeling. Getting involved on campus, making new friends, and succeeding in classes are only a few of the many ways you have watched each other grow.

There was so much time to bond before the stresses of college would later take over.

Freshman year was not "easy," but looking back on it, it was more manageable than you thought at the time. College only gets busier the more the years go on, which means less free time. Freshman year you went to lunch, dinner, the gym, class, events, and everything else possible together. You had the chance to be each other's go-to before it got tough.

No matter what, you always bounced back to being inseparable.

Phases of not talking or seeing each other because of business and stress would come and go. Even though you physically grew apart, you did not grow apart as friends. When one of you was in a funk, as soon as it was over, you bounced right back. You and your freshman roommate were inseparable.

The "remember that one time, freshman year..." stories never end.

Looking back on freshman year together is one of my favorite times. There are so many stories you have made, which at the time seemed so small, that bring the biggest laughs today. You will always have those stories to share together.

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The unspoken rule that no matter how far apart you grow, you are always there for each other.

It is sad to look back and realize everything that has changed since your freshman year days. You started college with a clean slate, and all you really had was each other. Even though you went separate ways, there is an unspoken rule that you are still always there for each other.

Your old dorm room is now filled with two freshmen trying to make it through their first year. They will never know all the memories that you made in that room, and how it used to be your home. You can only hope that they will have the relationship you had together to reflect on in the years to come.

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The Culture War Is So Real That It Shut Down One Of My Favorite Podcasts

Who gets to decide what's "right" and "wrong" on the internet?


I'm a longtime lover of true crime and podcasts as separate entities, so naturally, Sword and Scale is one of my favorites. For background, Sword and Scale bluntly describe stories of gruesome murders, abuse, and other unspeakable crimes, staying true to their tag line "The worst monsters are real."

It's produced by Incongruity Media, under the wing of the podcast network Wondery. Both Sword and Scale and Incongruity's newer podcast, Monstruo, have received backlash from the beginning due to their graphic nature. I agree with the creators of these shows in that it's no different from watching a crime show on TV, but I digress...

As a long-time listener of the show, I was shocked and saddened to get a notification this week for, instead of a new hour-long episode, a seven-minute one titled "Important Announcement - The End of Sword and Scale". The announcement was basically Mike Boudet, the show's host, ranting for seven minutes about how continuous internet backlash led the show to be dropped by Wondery and their sponsors (which is how podcasts are funded, just like radio ads).

After hearing the news, I was initially shocked and upset, but then I went on Twitter and discovered the immediate reason for the five Incongruity Media podcasts being dropped: not the backlash from the show itself, but a post on Sword and Scale's Instagram account.

I'm not going to include the post here because of its inappropriate and possibly triggering content, but it was definitely grounds for me to re-think my feelings about this whole situation. If you really want to see the post in question, just search the Sword and Scale tag on Twitter and you'll find it easily.

Should Wondery have dropped Mike Boudet and his team from the network because of pressure from one post? I don't think so, but I do understand where they're coming from. Sword and Scale didn't only represent itself, it represented Wondery and the companies that sponsored them, and that post did not represent anyone well.

Sure, freedom of expression is important, but when you're representing other people's livelihoods there should be a certain level of professionalism.

When it comes to matters like these, it's difficult to come to a consensus on what's "right" and "wrong". The internet is a platform of self-expression and allows for people to express themselves creatively, in outlets like the podcast world and Odyssey. This allows for beautiful, fantastic art to come about but it also produces endless gray area.

The culture war continues, and with war comes casualties.

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