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Posted 2/9/16
for me its a complete difference method,
if i had kids,and if they wanted to play games ,they will had to start with
1.tetris, to learn reflex, shape, the basic
2.contra/double dragon/salamander/twinbee the nes/famicom ones, to learn pattern,co op,
3.street fighter/ king of fighter any 2d fighting game, to learn move set, frame, iframe, counter
4.any kind of GOOD plot driven,RPG,adventure,action game, to learn about story telling,immersion,dialogue.

after those 4, basically they already got most of the fundamental basic down,they are on their own to look for more entertainment.
basically their brain is ready for the world out there.
only one more thing,they wont be allowed to play any handphone/tab freemium games.

nowadays,the cybercafe in my area is full of kids/teenager playing the same type of game,the 'moba'.
when challenge them for a starcraft 2 / unreal 3/ CS / SF4 / L4d2 none of them even pass the below 20 YO ,planning/pattern and reflex test.
the only thing moba make u good at is co op, infact ,it emphasize on co op only,nothing much else.
i m not saying that moba is not good,but sometime,playing another genre make your brain absorb alot more.

well then this is getting out of topic,
good day and sorry for the broken engrish. lol
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I'm a "kid born in this generation", started out with a Gameboy, suffered the pain of being unable to see the screen at night. Am I claiming I'm special? No. Am I objecting against this? Yes. To limit your children with your own personal opinion of gaming and being stuck in recent century would only drive them away from even wanting to game at all. Hell, I wish I was a child of a later generation because of the innovations coming to games in the near future.

There's really nothing special about older games honestly. Games are appealing to the eye, have intriguing stories (depending on personal tastes), and many many more things. Now like I said I'm of this generation, so would I REALLY know how much gaming has evolved throughout the years? No, but I'm just giving my own two cents on it. I'd rather not live in 2030 and play games that look like I could replicate them on a piece of paper with my absolutely mediocre art skills.

All that beside, I'd rather my children play video games for entertainment (the way they're SUPPOSED to be played), and for the morals and skills that some games teach. It's one's choice whether they want to play an older game or not, despite which you think is better for his "understanding of video games"
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Posted 2/12/16 , edited 2/12/16
This.



Buckerss wrote:

I stopped reading at 90s and ungrateful kids.

Get over yourself. Being born in the 90s doesn't make your childhood better than other peoples.

For the record Red and Blue were utter bug filled, shit sprite, shit. The only reason ANYONE thinks they're good is because they started Pokemon and nostalgia.


I wouldn't get riled over this, the video is, after all, about what kids now think of old technology. I'd laugh too if I see one of those Game&Watches which one of my uncles still had.

My kids play whatever we play as long as it is age-appropriate. If they want a go at Loco Roco on the Vita, go for it. I'm not going to force
my old poorly backlit Gameboy SPs on them if they don't wanna, but they're always welcome to try it.
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Hello all - I actually have 4 kids & my kids...started with a Gameboy for their handheld gaming console. My oldest son has a collection of GB & GBA games he still plays periodically. Why? It's an easily approachable console with a simple button scheme and...my oldest LOVES Kirby games, so this was an easy way to introduce classic ones to him. He has a tablet now as well as a 2DS (he's 6, it's cheaper, & the 3D stuff is not recommended for children under 9). My 4 year old also plays the Gameboy periodically, as well as her own cartridge based handheld (a Mobigo).

I liked introducing him to Mario games, Kirby games, etc on the Gameboy not for the purposes of withholding access to newer stuff - but as a simple introduction to handheld gaming. Frankly, it worked well. He loves gaming now. Loves his 2DS, loves his Wii U (my in-laws got it for him for Christmas). He loves gaming - and it started, in many ways, with a Gameboy...
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Posted 2/12/16
It's less to do with tech and timeline and more to do with shitty parenting.
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Posted 2/12/16
to a degree i can understand starting kids off with lower tech if even for just a little while since if start them off with the newest stuff they just won't come to even tolerate the older looks which would be my point in starting on a older console(since would miss some great stories if skip older consoles),but i'd personally hope a week to a month tops of a console would be enough before upgrading so they will be able to play the newest games in relatively short order and hopefully not spit on the older games cause they don't look pretty >>....
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Posted 2/13/16
All I played on my Gameboy Color was 1st and 2nd gen Pokemon, but I like the GBA a little more and I also thought the Gameboy SP was genius back in my junior high days.
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Posted 2/13/16
Personally, I'd start a kid off with a DS. Not really for "appreciation" purposes though but because it's cost effective, has a really deep library, and not archaic to the point where it may turn them off.

Got to give mobile games their credit though, they'll really easy for a toddler to pick up and play. My four year old niece is regularly playing stuff like Temple Run and Cut the Rope on her tablet with very little trouble of understanding the controls. When she wants to play fighting games on our PS4 though, it's quite amusing trying to get her to understand the concept of pressing buttons and moving with the d-pad.
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Posted 2/14/16 , edited 2/14/16
I was born in 1981 and i thought the game boy was a piece of shit. I never wanted or had one.
Yes i played on my commodore 64 for many many years, and NES, Master system, even Atatari 2600 but i wouldn't make a kid play a piece of crap like the game boy on a small black and white screen.
Give them a Sega game gear at least
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Posted 2/14/16
Th 90's was a decade were technology was more than it had been, but not quite as much as it is now. Someone could have said the same for us as the gameboy was not the first gaming device ever. I agree there are kids who are growing up to be to relient on tech and all that, but this sort of thinking is equally bad!
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Actually I Got a Gameboy Advance for Rayman and Mario kart ( Wanted to get it for Kingdom Hearts once i heard about it )
Then PS2 For " Fullmetal Alchemist and the Broken Angel ", Blood Omen 2, Kingdom hearts I and II , Shinobi ( PS2 Version )
Some Others i cant Remember atm.
then The Very first Xbox for Fable and Halo and Star Wars
Thnx For Making The Forum, Really Appreciated It.
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i gotta agree with BlueOni and Faietus. I love video games and have been playing since I was a little guy. Loved everything i could get my hands on and even went back to play games on atari, game and watches, and colecovision. Didn't grow up with those but still own and play them now at 28. If you're really interested in something you want to learn more and go back to understand the history of it.
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Games aren't good because they're old, they're good because they're well made. The reason why we're seeing less good games is that the good ones are obscure and the popular ones are money making schemes. Good games are still here though, you just need to look.

and hey, if you have fun playing, who really gives a shit?
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Posted 3/7/16 , edited 3/7/16
Have you tried understanding younger people, as opposed to arrogantly holding yourself and games above them?

How about you drop your Gameboy and go hard-core classic, if we play this "older is better" game?
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Posted 3/7/16

aeb0717 wrote:
Have you tried understanding younger people, as opposed to arrogantly holding yourself and games above them?
How about you drop your Gameboy and go hard-core classic, if we play this "older is better" game?


it would be wise to actually watch the video and read his post before posting a response, instead of just reading the title and jumping to conclusions.

he never said that older games are better. rather, he wishes that the kids at least showed some appreciation for the older consoles, instead of outright trashing them for lower graphics, bulky design, etc. one kid went so far as to say he'd throw the console into the trash the moment it's given to him. that's how much they regard older consoles.
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