For those with kids, how have/will you introduce games to your kids?

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  1. Quagmire

    Quagmire UofL Cardinals, NY Yankees, NY Giants Premium Member

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    So I recently had a son, and have been thinking when he's old enough to introduce him to games

    I think it will be a combination of past and present

    I'll mostly start with Genesis and SNES (that is what I grew up, and outside SMB1 and 3 which I can get on SM All Stars, most of the best NES games have a very similar and better experience on the SNES). Probably picking out just my favorite platforms and such. Maybe when he gets a little older I'll show him Final Fantasy VI and such

    From there I'd like to hit the big games from each system and generation. Though I'll skip some that have similar experiences on later consoles. Does he/do we really need to play OoT when there is TP...though I might skip TP as I felt it drags on too long.

    He'll also see me playing some modern games, I'll have to save the Yakuza 0's, Red Dead Redemptions, etc for when he's asleep (or too young to know what I'm doing), but I love games like Ratchet and Clank. I have a Wii, so I have access to the Wii and GC libraries.

    I was interested in the switch, but no backwards compatibility for the Wii U, not sure if I'll ever pick up a Wii U, but there are ways I shall not mention to play Wii U games if it ever gets to that point.

    So what all do you do? I still have a while as he's not even a month old yet, but something I've had in the back of my mind since I knew he was coming.
     
  2. Fool's Requiem

    Fool's Requiem Is that a pro Genji?! Premium Member

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    If I ever have kids, they're getting their start on the SNES, Genesis, N64, PS1, Gameboy, and the NES. Pretty much if it came out before 2000, they'll be playing that.
     
  3. Jawneh

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    Even with your plans for older gen stuff, it all comes down to what the kid seems you playing and what on. If you spend more time on your PC playing stuff, you're probably looking at getting the kid their own computer sooner than later. Or if you play whatever console, that's probably where they will start too.

    Short of making them only play older stuff while you have your own new stuff, that's probably the most likely situation. Even with there being a ton of great games in the last couple decades, unless they're an ageless classic, why should they have to play all the old stuff? I've already noticed that even when it comes to the classics, kids still end up liking what they like. Maybe over years they understand and like them, but yea.

    Maybe that made sense. I think I mostly rambled.
     
  4. Fool's Requiem

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    See, it's hard to play with your kid on the PC. Not so much on a classic console.

    That said, ain't nothing wrong with getting a kid a PC to play video games. It's what I wanted when I was young... of course, the games played back in the day are hard to come by today. I played games off of the 5.25" floppy disks and some games required loading from multiple floppy disks to run. That was well before I got anywhere close to the popular games that were out at that time, like Doom and Wolfenstein.
     
  5. The Eye in the Sky!

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    I'm starting with the Switch for my daughter - she is almost 4 so she understands what games are but hasn't really had anything outside of Angry Birds or a princess dress up game on our iPad. She likes watching me play racing games and sports so I am going to get the new Mario Kart for Switch and she will be able to race with me. Maybe Splatoon 2 because it seems like a good way to get her into more modern controls while still being kid friendly enough.

    Since all of my games are digital now, they will see some games like GTA that I own but when they are awake, I stick to PG rated games and intend to stay that way. I hate seeing kids playing online shooters and developing into little bastards before they even know what they are doing.

    PS - congrats on the kid. They're a ton of work but once you get a routine down, its nothing too hard to handle. Get him on a reasonable sleep schedule and you'll still have 2-3 hours of free time each night.
     
  6. Fool's Requiem

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    Keep the kids away from smartphones and tablets. The mobile market is complete shit.
     
  7. The Eye in the Sky!

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    It is. But when your 3 year old wants to dress up a princess on the iPad and you're one more tantrum away from moving to Alaska without them, they play the game.

    I've never purchased or will ever purchase a mobile game or micro transactions.
     
  8. Quagmire

    Quagmire UofL Cardinals, NY Yankees, NY Giants Premium Member

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    I play most of my games on computer, but its hooked up to my big screen, I have a ps3 and ps4 controller, plus a 360, all of which I could easily connect to the pc
     
  9. Fool's Requiem

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    I've tried hooking up my PC to my TV multiple times, the input lag makes some games unplayable.
     
  10. Jon

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    I would respond to this with....

    Both my kids have tablets. They are allower FTP games and no transactions. It keeps them quiet for long periods if I allow it. My daughter is restricted to educational apps. My stepson is allow more games.

    Personally, I play two games on mobile. Monster Legends, which I don't spend money on (I have once and realized the mistake). It's a fun way for me to kill an hour. The other is Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Links. I played the game for several years in the late 90s early 2000s. At the time had invested a TON into the game and had some of the best cards available. The mobile game is FTP and fun, to me, at least so far, and is nostalgic.

    I don't get that when I do it, to be honest. And I don't have a good TV. Cheap HD Vizio. I get no lag at all.
     
  11. Nae'blis

    Nae'blis I remember when CT's were cool.

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    My kids like to play games. My boys play Skylanders, Lego games or Minecraft (PS3 version) mostly. They also play some games on their tablets, only FTP games though.

    My daughter (soon 4 years old) plays some games, like deras up games or other kiddie games.

    I never really thought about how we introduced them to gaming, it kind of just happened, since both me and my ex-wife plays.
     
  12. Nae'blis

    Nae'blis I remember when CT's were cool.

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    Parenthood in a nutshell.