As I have become a dad myself in October last year and I keep seeing here and there other forum members becoming parents I would like to start a conversation about how you as a mom or dad (or mom or dad-to-be or somebody with an opinion) are or would be handling playing video games with your children.
My litttle one is just 10 month old now so for me there is no immediate need to resolve this. But I would like to share my love for games with him one day, though I will admit that I would not want him to play as much as I did when I was younger. I caught myself thinking about a selsction of games I think are really worth exploring together at a certain age and though I do focus on certain genres myself I would not like to focus on these ( I am an avid turn-based and RTS strategy gamer) as I do have fond memories of all kind of games (raging from Resdient Evil over Mario 64 to Disc World, Half-Life, Black Mesa and so on…).
I think atmosphere and aesthetics as well as fun and demanding gameplay are important quite unrealted to the genre. Which genre he likes to chose and if he actually will be interested in games will be entirely up to him. But I know I would like him to be able to relate to games in a realistic way. It is great when games feel realistic and immersive. But they are GAMES afterall and I sure as hell will not have him as a screaming ass punk kid that shouts uncontrolled insults over a CoD match or something.
That said, who knows how games will be in - let’s say - 10 to 15 years from now? Hard to say if Realty and games are as easily to be distiguished by that time.
So I welcome everybody to give their two cents on the topic, parents or not. I am very curious about experiences with own children, recommendations of games or whatever topic-related comes to your mind.