Extra Credits: Not a Babysitter

This week, we talk about how games can be a shared experience between kids and their parents.

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  • You are still under the notion that spending time with the kids is something that requires work.

    Because it does.

    Granted, a lot of the time it's work you enjoy, or at least should enjoy, but that doesn't mean it's not work.

  • Um, am I the only person here who grew up on Humongous Entertainment games? Freddy Fish? Spy Fox? Pajama Sam?

    Those game were incredible in just how educational they were and how incredibly kid-friendly they were. They were literally designed for little kids only and I still find them amazing at the age of 19. These were not Math, or History, or science games. They were problem solvers, but they were problem solvers intentionally being used to educate kids on how to solve problem in the real world. "Don't know something?" "Ask a grown up or another person" "Need to find something?" "Figure out were it most likely is"

    And what about the Cluefinders games. Those games were actually geared towards teaching kids academic stuff. Chemistry, Algebra, basic history, grammar, proof reading and essay, they even taught world history and a million other courses to prepare kids for their up coming grade.

    And don't even get me started on Amazon Trail. "Oh, you mean Origon Trail, don't you?" NO. Amazon Trail, why it did have some glitches and bugs compared to the ever popular Origon, it was actually 1000x more fun and exciting. It also taught me a lot more about the history and culture throughout the history of South America along the Amazon river. I wasn't even taught in class about Teddy Rosevelt's trip down there, or the conquistadors for another 6 years after I played the game.

  • It seems to me that Disney Infinity would be a great game for parents to play with their kids. Local co-op combined with iconic characters that are popular with multiple age groups makes for a potentially amazing bonding experience.

  • I'm posting here, you can't stop me!

    Anyone remember those older episodes of South Park, and the movie as well, where the parents just let their kids watch whatever, and then go right for the studio or company or whatever that made the stuff the kids watched instead of, you know, saying they shouldn't watch it or actually taking responsibility over their children? Well, same thing applies here. TV isn't a babysitter, and neither are video games. Hell, I think babies don't have the fine motor skills to actually play video games...

    ...I like how Dan sheepishly admits that none of them are parents. Yeah, I'm not a parent, either, and I suppose I don't have a right to say what's best for your kid... but then again, there's this quote from this video made by MovieBob, in regards to fast food chains using mascots to attract kids:

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    "...what ought to be happening is that someone should be intervening between the tikes and their dumbass parents, as opposed to intervening between the tikes and the burger-shilling clown. But we all know that's never going to happen because the mere IMPLICATION that some scientist or bureaucrat might know more about what's best in this matter then people who's sole dubious claim to expertise regarding children is the biologically unimpressive achievement of having made one is enough to get you branded as the second coming of Stalin; Hell, if I were up against those kind of odds, I might give up and take it out on a clown, too."

    Yeah, that's really on-the-nose for Bob to say, but then again, it does feel like a lot of parents don't know what their doing. Which is far, there's no guide to proper parenting, but even then, some of the things certain parents do are just appalling. Again, I probably shouldn't judge, but I AM trying to think of the good of the child in question.

    ...I guess there's no easy way to say this, especially since I feel like I've already put my foot in my mouth. I'll just stop here...

    But back on point, yeah, what Dan said, basically.

    Kind of makes me feel bad that I don't play games with my parents that often... or that I don't discuss it with them... probably because I feel I'd just bore them or annoy them... I remember making them play Pokemon or Paper Mario back in the day, with failed results. And I guess that might have turned me off to the idea of getting them into what I like... Still, I find other stuff to talk about with them, just... not usually about video games.

    Man, just hearing a the suggestions Dan's providing makes me wish my parents were that way with video games, but, aww well.

  • Mmm...you know. I have a small student body but I know there are tech geeks about that gather. I'm gonna poke some, and see if they'd want to see you guys. Only thing holding back the thought is, there needs to be a bunch of people who'd wanna make video games essentially. I know there's some, but I dunno if there'd be enough to make the visit worth while.

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