Parents playing video games

I taught my mom how to play Rainbow Six Siege and Minecraft


Alex Connors

Rainbow Six Siege is a competitive online first person shooter game.

Many parents around the country are now working from home temporarily and find themselves having more free time than usual. Maybe they work for a few hours then sit on the living room couch to watch T.V. until they fall asleep. Your parents may not be like that, but after working or going out to shop, my mom is like that.

Recently, my mom wanted to try to learn some of the video games that I play to pass the time. I agreed to teach her Rainbow Six Siege and Minecraft. Two vastly different play styles.

The first game that I taught my mom was Rainbow Six Siege. This game is very competitive and probably not the best game to teach a brand new video game player.

Although she didn’t know how to move around for a while, my mom eventually got the hang of looking around the room and moving slowly. She was much better at defending than she was at attacking.

Defending requires you to either stay in the room with the object that you’re trying to protect or run around the building trying to find the enemy team. While defending, your goal is to kill everyone on the enemy team.

For the most part, my mom could not seem to aim with her sight and would spray bullets randomly. This caused a couple of team killing incidents. Luckily, she was playing with a group of my friends who understood that she was new.

My mom seemed to enjoy the competitive aspect of the game and would cheer if she was able to stay alive the whole round. Even though she never got a kill, she got very close a couple of times.

The other game that I decided to teach her was Minecraft. Minecraft recently became the most downloaded video game in history. It has captivated the world with its simplistic style of surviving the harsh environment.

The game has various monsters that try to kill you at night. Not only just at night but anywhere where it is dark. Caves will almost always have these monsters lurking around each tunnel.

My mom tried to learn the crafting recipes, but she seemed a bit unsure how to make sticks a few minutes after I taught her how to do so. She did not seem to understand how to play very well, unlike Rainbow Six Siege where all you have to do is point and shoot.

Once my mom got the materials required to make decent armor and mining equipment, she set off for the mines. In one instance, she encountered a zombie, one of the easiest monsters to kill in the game. I told her to take out her sword, but she never did and panicked. While trying to escape, she died.

This death seemed to really discourage my mom from playing and lost interest quickly. Soon after that, she wanted to play Rainbow Six Siege again.

My mom was a little hard to teach these games because the only gaming experience she had prior to this was playing on Candy Crush. It is very hard to learn smooth movements and gain faster reaction times in just a few days, so I don’t blame her for losing or dying.

For now, she can play Rainbow Six Siege whenever she wants to revisit the game, but she is sure to continue her masterful skills in Candy Crush.