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Back in September this year, a particularly wholesome Craigslist ad went viral. You probably remember it. It was the one put out by a senior couple who were looking for a “personal tutor” to come to their home and teach them how to play The Last Of Us Part II.
"Need a person that knows the game and knows how to work the controller," the ad read. "We need someone who is patient and can teach us without judging us. Without getting frustrated or irritated. We want to enjoy this diversion."
The ad quickly blew up on Reddit, leading to a number of people in the area offering to help out. But the internet is the internet, and you can never be quite sure which offers are genuine and which are mere empty gestures.
Fortunately, Kotaku recently followed up with the couple and discovered the best possible news: they found a tutor!
Karen Klein and her husband Bruce told the publication they initially turned to video games earlier this year in an attempt to stay active. After seeing all the praise for The Last Of Us Part II, they decided to start with Naughty Dog’s 2020 sequel. It is, of course, a complicated game for someone who has never picked up a video game controller in their life.
The pair managed to make it to Seattle, where most of the game takes place, but it wasn’t an easy journey. Before long, they realised the best course of action would be to seek help. That’s where the Craigslist ad comes in.
After sifting through unhelpful suggestions from respondents who suggested they give up and try a more beginner-friendly game, Karen and Bruce eventually settled on 21-year-old Jesse, who goes by WeekendFeel on Reddit.
“We spoke to a few of them, and we picked one that we thought would really be able to help us because teaching gaming to a couple of older folks is not the easiest thing,” Bruce told Kotaku.
Jesse has spoken highly of the pair’s progress, although acknowledged they still have a way to go.
“Their progress has gone up and down but has steadily been increasing,” he explained. He’s also been making use of The Last Of Us Part II’s excellent accessibility features to help the pair navigate the game’s world.
Karen and Bruce added that they plan to check out more games after The Last Of Us Part II, adding that they’ll probably move towards something less violent. I’d recommend It Takes Two.
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