Not everyone likes the same thing. That's a given. But among avid gamers, we don't often think about the experiences that might cater to someone who has never really played…
So if you think about it, what game(s) might be great for non-gamers? You know, those entry-level titles that are both fun and absorbing, and might act as gateways to more complex and intricate adventures.
Personally, I'm going to go with Journey . It takes little practice even for those who aren't used to holding a controller, and they don't have to focus too hard on the actual control and mechanics. This allows them to experience the surreal, calming experience of Thatgamecompany's beautiful masterpiece. It might take the uninitiated a little while to get used to moving a virtual character around on a screen; we take that kind of thing for granted, but not everyone knows you move with the left analog stick and shift the camera about with the right. See, that's not second nature, despite what we might think.
I think other games, such as LittleBigPlanet , could also really grab non-gamers. But what are your picks for "gateway" titles?