What Type of Games Should Kids Learn to Play?

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When you introduce your child to gaming, will you show him/her the classic games from the NES era, or let him/her discover them for his/herself if it develops as a personal interest whilst playing the current games?

This is actually an easy one to answer, George. I’m sure that at a very early age, Baby Pirillo will start being introduced to educational games. There are so many great ones out there that teach little ones everything from hand-eye coordination to counting to reading and back again.

Once s/he is old enough, our child will be allowed to choose their own path with most everything in life… including gaming. That’s not to say Diana and I won’t provide guidance, of course. It’s not like the child will be given free reign to do things that are simply not appropriate. But I would never “force” my child into doing things that I prefer instead of what they would choose.

Yes, of course I’ll show off the old-style games. I’ll also help him or her check out the latest MMORPG or FPS (at the right age) if that’s what they’re into. Heck… maybe the kid won’t be into games at all. Instead — Lord help me — my child could be a huge sports fanatic like my Dad and brothers. Maybe s/he will prefer to play instruments, or plant a garden with Mommy or want to cure cancer.

Whatever our child is interested in — be it games or sports or music — we will do our level best to nurture that passion and help it to grow.

What about all of you? How would you answer this question?

What Type of Games Should Kids Learn to Play?

4 thoughts on “What Type of Games Should Kids Learn to Play?”

  1. I think actual physical board games are still important for kids to play with. Or even puzzles. Sure the tech games on iPads, leap frogs, vtech, etc. are cool and all, but there’s just something special about physical play :-) As for video games, I think as long as the game itself is age and content appropriate, the genre wouldn’t matter so much to me.

  2. Depends on your Values.. that is until they are able to interact with others without your Eagle Eye watching what they do…..

  3. Great answer, thanks! In the same way that Star Wars will be heavily influenced on Baby Pirillo, I expect gaming to be of the same thing with me (though hopefully not any time soon!)

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