Wanna get into video games? Start here

A lot of folks don’t play games. And I totally get it: a whole lot of unpleasant people have fought tooth and nail to create a toxic, exclusive, culture and define that as what games are. But thankfully, it doesn’t have to be that way.

Every now and then, a friend or relative will reach out to me and ask “what’s a game I’d like?” or “I really enjoyed [game] — what else should I try?”

I love these conversations. I’ve spent a huge portion of my life playing as many different games as I can and trying to understand what makes a game more accessible, approachable, and valuable to different people. I think games are the best medium we have for generating empathy and understanding, and — okay, I’ll hop off my soapbox — they’re also super interesting and fun.

This is a list for anyone who has ever been curious about games but has no idea where to start. Each of these games is inspired and has something to say. Many of them feature rich narratives about interesting characters and themes from a wide range of storytellers. Almost all of them are non-violent (and I’ve indicated those that aren’t).

If you see anything you’d like added to the list, drop me a DM on Twitter or leave a comment! I’d like for this to be an evergreen resource.

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