Thursday, April 1, 2010

Favorite games for young gamers?

My kids love video games, as does Super Dad.  I have to admit though, that the games my kids play are not games made for kids, and we're pretty liberal about what we allow.  We have frank discussions about reality vs. the video game world and why behavior that is appropriate in an MMO is not necessarily appropriate in real life.  We feel confident in the way we've raised Nate to be confident, to understand right from wrong  and to look for non-violent solutions to his problems.  We don't feel like letting him play more mature games is going to suddenly change character traits we've been helping him cultivate since birth.  (I feel that I should clarify that we screen all games he plays before he plays and that there are many titles that - even with his whining and begging - he is not allowed to play.  So no GTA or Left 4 Dead for Nathan....

There are also many age appropriate games Nate loves.  Scribblenauts, Drawn to Life, and anything with Mario are big hits.  So when I was tasked with buying a video game for my nephew's upcoming tenth birthday I thought I'd have it under control.  It's turning out to be harder than I thought.

So, dear readers here's where you come in...what are your favorite video games for kids?  Nephew has a DS and a Wii, would need something that's no too reading/writing intensive (hence Scribblenauts being out of the running) and is relatively simple to play.  Suggestions?

1 comment:

  1. These are computer games, but as an impatient gamer, I've really enjoyed Plants vs. Zombies, and Machinarium.


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