Asked my father to play, he has a lot of experience playing racing games where you only use the keyboard. But no experience with FPS. So he said ok.
1. The adition of using the mouse was weird to him, but I guided him to turn around and told him the game was asking him to use the E. He noticed the glow on the chain locks and used E on them. Looking at the wall instead of down the hallway.
2. Then he had to move forward, so he moved into the wall and noticed no change. Turning around was the hardest for him since using the mouse was new. But I was there to suggest turning around.
3. He learned to open doors and and walk forward, so he adjusted his hand to have both keys ready.
4. When he got to a pit, he was hesitant to go down without being able to look down, but I encouraged him.
5. The door with 3 buttons scattered around the room was the hardest task, since it required him to look around. He was constantly scanning empty walls without turning to the correct wall where the button was, he even thought the lights in the door where buttons and was annoyed by it. Also whenever I talked to him about a button he would look at the keyboard instead of looking inside the game hahahah.
6. He learned to use the shift key to run, and grabbed the gun. He doesn't have perfect aim but was quick to shoot the targets. Waiting for the bridge to come down, he shot a few flowers.
7. I don't know if it was the steps in his path or the spacebar being added to the list, but he started jumping when they appeared.
8. Now for the platform jumps, the difficulty was looking down. He knew he had to sprint and jump, but never looked down to see more clearly where he was jumping, too early. So I intructed him, took a few tries, but he made the last jump to the bridge on the first try, sprinting and all. Finished the tutorial in a really short time, I'd say 4 to 5 minutes.
Next came Portal 1!
I handed him the controls and he was impacient with glaDOS talking, he wanted to do stuff and didn't read the subtitles. He was confused when the portal spawned. But walked through it, and got lost. Well, I told him to go look for the exit, took some of his patience to find it.
1. First chamber, he looked at the button, pressed it, understood it opened the door, found the button, picked it up with E and placed it on the button. Fantastic. Altough it was either glaDOS taking too long to finish or that he didn't fully enter the elevator, but it took some time to get the elevator to close its doors.
2. Then the level where the blue portal periodically changes. He wasn't really reading the pattern, to I had to tell him when was the right time to enter the portal. Took a while and he got stuck in the glass a couple.
3. Next he got the blue portal gun, he looked at the part of the wall where the metal bits usually indicated a portal would spawn in and shot his first portal with no instructions.
4. Then the level of the long L hallway with the orange portal in between. He fell on the first pit, he tried to shoot a portal in the metal fence, so I suggested to try concrete surfaces. Once he got out, he was lost. I told him which of the doors was the exit. Now, the biggest challenge. How to tell your dad he has the power to shoot a blue portal to wherever he wants to go and use the orange to get there, without actually telling him. He started to experiment with the blue portal, only in walls. Maybe here? maybe here? He was only entering the blue portal and didn't know how to move the orange one. It took a lot of heavy hinting, and entering the orange portal for the first time confused him, since exiting the blue portal would get him lost. But we got out.
5. Then the level with two buttons, two cubes. He localized the two cubes, he looked down in the pit where the second cube was. I told him he could shoot a portal below the cube, so he started to shoot the cube that was up in a platform. Yeah, then he shot the next cube and saw it was where the orange portal was. So he jumped down in the pit where the blue portal was, and was launched through the orange one falling off the platform. After being confused, in his second try he was launched into the cube in the platform and they both fell to the ground, placed the cube in the button and now it was L corridor all over again. He completely forgot how the orange portal worked. Oh well, after a lot of heavy hinting, we made it out. Then passed through the glass bit, without looking up to know the orange portal had moved. Got to the elevator.
That's it for the gaming session today, he went to take a coffee and watch Netflix. I wonder if he'll find the time to continue playing, but I'll come back here to archive whenever it happens. I um, feel a bit guilty though, I may have showed too much fun watching him play. I'm afraid he might've taken it as if I was mocking him. I'll sort things out.
Thanks for creating this tutorial and encouraging us to write about the results. I hope many parents find this new way to connect with their children. Might not be as healthy as playing sports or board games with your parents but it's just as bonding.