Elli plays lot of video games. This goes all kinds of different ways, ranging from her finding things on her own and learning them without my influence to her wanting to play games I play and pushing me to play with her. I am often surprised by how she ends up finding games and figuring them out - sometimes she asks for help and I am baffled because I have no idea how the game works at all.
That kind of thing is fun though. It is neat to see her pick up skills I don't have and explore new worlds all on her own.
It isn't as good when she wants to follow me though. Recently I have been playing World of Warcraft again with Wendy and Elli wants to join up. The problem is that when she has me along she never bothers to learn or think at all. She expects me to hold her hand all the time in all decisions. She has no interest in figuring the game out. She just wants to follow my character around.
Quite frankly that is boring as hell.
Obviously I don't expect her to be an instant expert on a game, especially one where I have played for years and know so much. I expect her to start at the beginning and have to learn it all. What I wish though is that she would put effort in to do so.
I think it is hard for her because she can see that no matter how hard she tries she will never know all the things I know. In a game I have mastered there is little point in her trying as she can never compete. I get that.
It just means that games that I am really involved in aren't good ones for her to play. It is far better for her, and far more fun, to play a game that I know nothing about so she can sort it out for herself.
I remember this kind of thing from my youth. I remember having to learn how to install games on our family computer so I could play DOOM. It took some doing, but I eventually managed it, and the process of doing so was really rewarding. If my parents had just done it all and then told me what to do and how to play at every point it would have really lacked something. Reaching out and exploring without a teacher hovering is critical to having fun!
While I like the idea of playing games with her it seems like a tall order. Either I know a game inside out and she won't much enjoy it, or I don't know a game and am not interested in playing it. I don't do games casually very often so it is hard for us to have similar levels of mastery.
It is a dilemma I have no good answers for yet.