When I was home for Christmas in 2011, we tried the original Portal
. I figured the mechanics were simple enough for someone who didn't game. No inventory, no stats, no combat tactics. What I hadn't thought to consider was that my mom didn't know how WASD worked. After just a few rooms, she’d become a little frustrated, and the first-person camera view was making her disoriented. We took a break, and for no real reason, we never picked it back up.
We were both determined to try again. My mom has a real affection for GLaDOS, born out of videos and my anecdotes. And I, always grateful for her willingness to listen to me wax on about a medium she doesn't take part in, was eager for her to get a hands-on understanding of one of my favorites. This time, I decided on Portal 2
instead, with the goal of playing co-op together. I thought she might feel more at ease with me in the game alongside her. But first, I had to get her used to the basics. I pulled up a chair, and we started a single-player game.