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When I first started this blog I had some things in mind I wanted to mention. Most of these were based on real scenarios I have faced being a gaming parent with a young child. It quickly became very long, so I decided to focus on one or two main points at a time and see what happens.
I strongly feel that if you love any hobby it is your responsibility to ensure the continued growth and health of that hobby. Gaming is no different. If we want this form of entertainment to grow, then we need to ensure the next generation of gaming enthusiasts are given a strong foundation. As a parent, this job becomes mandatory. I find myself not only teaching my son about these things, but several of his friends as well. We have the "bachelor" house, which basically means we blow most of our cash on things we don't really need but are a lot of fun. As you can imagine we are a popular home for the neighborhood kids to migrate to, once their parents actually get to know me that is. If you walked into my office at work or my house you would think I was very childish with all the toys and what not. I am childlike when I can be, but I am also a professional and a parent, responsibilities I take very seriously.
(Looks eerily similar to my spawn)
I have come across more than one occasion where a kid's first exposure to video games has been at my house or in my care of some sort. This can be a tricky situation, for one if a 9-12 year old hasn't ever played(or played very little) a video game it is usually because their parents do not want them to. Generally those type of parents are the ones that will want to meet me before the kid ever makes it over. A good practice for any parent to be sure. During this meeting we are able to discuss such things. If they don't want the kid to play games(which I haven't come across yet), then we would all do something different. Usually they just want reassurance that the games will be rated appropriately, no violence of course, they tend to like the idea of Mario or Donkey Kong. I won't allow online MP games with the kids, my son included, although I have lifted his club penguin ban so that he can find the famous "rockhopper".
(worth $5.99 US DOLLARS a month?)
Recap: What to do when you have other peoples children at your house to play games
(Dog thinks he is 20% cooler, cat knows better)
I have had parents ask me for advice on what gaming systems to buy the children. As a gamer it is vital that you put any fanfolk tendency aside and answer them in a way that meets their needs. This means asking them a lot of questions to get an idea of what will best meet their needs. Questions to ask and things to consider are:
(Not the guy you want to act like when discussing video games with parents, or kids. Around your friends, heck yeah)
The next generation of gamers can be in any age range. Heck i didn't start playing games until I was 26ish,sure I played for a year or so when I was 10-11, but I literally did not play games for the next 15 years with the very rare exception. I would have loved having the help of somebody when I first started, but instead I felt weird for wanting to start such a hobby at what I thought was an old age. I just assumed games were mostly for kids and college students. I felt ashamed to ask anybody for advice, thankfully a guy at Gamestop(thank you Jett!) helped me a ton.
Other topics I may discuss in this series will include balancing the time you play games and the time you do everything else as a parent, patience when you are teaching kids to play games, and I will probably share some real life stories from my own experiences with not only my son, but other kids and some adults.
Real quick plug, it is not too late to sign up for TEAM GIO, we are raising cash to help sick kids on Oct. 15th, please check out the detailed blog or just go and sign up and then vote in this forum poll. That's enough plugging, so I won't mention the indie & mojo show, or say that you should listen if you get a chance.
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