Dad always thought games were a big waste of time and he strongly urged me to find something else to get excited about. During my senior year at Pepperdine my folks visited from Colorado. It was Christmastime and that year my wife gave me a copy of M.U.L.E. After a little badgering Mom and Dad said they would try it and the four of us sat on the couch and played that game for HOURS. Mom wasn't very good with a controller so she always had trouble getting her mule back into the pub. With the timer ticking down she'd miss on the left, then on the right, all the while shouting "Ooh", "Oooh", "OOOH!" as the rest of us laughed til tears ran down our cheeks.
After that visit Dad never said another bad thing about games, and now he and my Mom play them all the time. In fact, "Fairway Solitaire" is one of their favorite titles!