Many many years ago (ok it was over 30 years ago), we lived in Australia and I was at school and given the chance to use a computer. OMG...the opportunity to input codes and create this strange little game where you go to shoot rocks. Kind of like asteroids I guess. I thought I was pretty cool at the time but well....it didn't last as the next lot of kids were let loose on 'our' machines.
As kids we would also make our way to what was known as Grundys at the time, but is now Time Zone. We'd play games all day and somehow managed to stay out of trouble. With games like PacMan, Frogger, Galaga, Space Invaders and so many others, we would even manage to find the odd free game that people didn't even realise they'd left behind...Those were the days and we had no idea what was to come.
Skip forward a few years and Alex the Kidd was the next best thing, and you could even have it in your own home....I guess there were previous machines than Sega, but this was the first one I came across and like my kids now.....I was addicted to playing. Looking back, it's kind of scary to think how different things have become over the years, and I wonder what would be my kids reaction if I handed them this game to play ?
Since then we've had PS 1, 2 and 3 along with Gameboy (which I still have along with a few of my Pokemon games), and other consoles. All throughout this, my older kids have enjoyed the various games that are available on the different machines. From Spyro to Pokemon, Crash Bandicoot to Tekkon, we would have family fun sharing the games and doing our best to outdo each other (I should add that I never won)
Gaming is a way of escaping to other worlds and just generally having a good time while doing it. It can be good for hand/eye co-ordination, and lets face it, we all have our favourites.
But as the years progress, and so do the consoles and the quality of the games everyone is playing. It's great, for me, the realism that has become what we see on the screens, is nothing short of fantastic, but in the process, so has the 'family' value of games. The games for the kids seem to be few and far between, or is it just that I'm not seeing them ?
There are things like Disney Infinity, Skylanders etc but they don't keep the kids amused and they get bored silly. We ended up purchasing a Spyro game but that was so different to the Spyro of old, that we soon gave up, although the kids did pick it up quicker than Mum and I'm embarrassed to say that the teen......well he just blew me out of the water haha.
Talking about the said teen above, he is the real gamer of the family, but he has grown up with games over the years and now his gaming obsessions include FIFA (looking forward to getting 17) and PES. He's the one that seems to have his finger on the pulse of whatever is happening in the gaming world, which generally means I get to hear about it pretty quickly. I wont say I understanding it pretty quickly because, well that's another story for another day.
My 10 year old twins are obsessed with Pokemon games, (the ones for the DS) but then they also love Minecraft..... sorry but I just don't 'get' that game, I think I may just be too old, and the few games that I did manage to find for the PS3, seem to be better at collecting dust on our bookshelf, than actually being played. However, luckily the PS3 seems to be backwards compatible with some of our 'older' games so that's been great but I'd like to know why they don't bring out more games for the family.
Surely I'm not the only parent that thinks so ?
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