Parents: how old were your kids when you introduced gaming?

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PostParents: how old were your kids when you introduced gaming?
by Herdanos » Tue Mar 30, 2021 11:50 am

As per the thread title really.

I started playing videogames when I was primary school age, but my parents had no prior knowledge or interest and they were far less prevalent then, so I imagine it happens more regularly nowadays at an earlier age.

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PostRe: Parents: how old were your kids when you introduced gaming?
by Tomous » Tue Mar 30, 2021 11:55 am

Mine is only 6 months and my wife is already laying down the law on when I can introduce him to Mario :slol:

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PostRe: Parents: how old were your kids when you introduced gaming?
by Prototype » Tue Mar 30, 2021 12:23 pm

My daughter started playing animal crossing last year at 3 years and 11 months. She picked it up very quickly.

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PostRe: Parents: how old were your kids when you introduced gaming?
by Christopher » Tue Mar 30, 2021 12:25 pm

Mine were about 4 when they got into games. My youngest has zero interest in games though.

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PostRe: Parents: how old were your kids when you introduced gaming?
by KingK » Tue Mar 30, 2021 12:27 pm

My now 12yr old son and I first payed Lego Batman on the 360 together back when he was 4 I think..possibly 3.

It was to help him with his hand / eye coordination. Well that was what I told the wife!

We finished the game in coop. Then played loads of other Lego games too with him and his younger brother over the next few years till they moved onto Fortnite

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PostRe: Parents: how old were your kids when you introduced gaming?
by Balladeer » Tue Mar 30, 2021 12:29 pm

KingK wrote:Then played loads of other Lego games too with him and his younger brother over the next few years till they moved onto Fortnite

At which point you disowned him.

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PostRe: Parents: how old were your kids when you introduced gaming?
by rinks » Tue Mar 30, 2021 12:35 pm

Luckily for my kids, I don’t have any. If I did, they’d be playing Resident Evil before they could talk.

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PostRe: Parents: how old were your kids when you introduced gaming?
by KingK » Tue Mar 30, 2021 12:36 pm

Balladeer wrote:
KingK wrote:Then played loads of other Lego games too with him and his younger brother over the next few years till they moved onto Fortnite

At which point you disowned him.

Pretty much yeah

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PostRe: Parents: how old were your kids when you introduced gaming?
by Balladeer » Tue Mar 30, 2021 12:39 pm

Good fathering.

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PostRe: Parents: how old were your kids when you introduced gaming?
by Dual » Tue Mar 30, 2021 12:45 pm

My 18 mo watched me play Burnout Paradise on switch the other day. He kept saying "uh-oh" when the cars got smashed up, it was very cute.

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PostRe: Parents: how old were your kids when you introduced gaming?
by Drumstick » Tue Mar 30, 2021 12:48 pm

Tomous wrote:Mine is only 6 months and my wife is already laying down the law on when I can introduce him to Mario :slol:

Why?

Our girl sometimes sees me playing Switch and she's very eager to get involved. She's had a go on my wife's Switch Lite, think it was Crash Nitro Kart.

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PostRe: Parents: how old were your kids when you introduced gaming?
by rinks » Tue Mar 30, 2021 12:49 pm

Dual wrote:My 18 mo watched me play Burnout Paradise on switch the other day. He kept saying "uh-oh" when the cars got smashed up, it was very cute.

I misread that as 18 yo, and it came across quite differently.

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PostRe: Parents: how old were your kids when you introduced gaming?
by Tomous » Tue Mar 30, 2021 12:53 pm

Drumstick wrote:
Tomous wrote:Mine is only 6 months and my wife is already laying down the law on when I can introduce him to Mario :slol:

Why?

Our girl sometimes sees me playing Switch and she's very eager to get involved. She's had a go on my wife's Switch Lite, think it was Crash Nitro Kart.



She's worried about introducing screentime too early, doesn't want him to get addicted. I think WHO recommend you don't let them have screentime before 2.

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PostRe: Parents: how old were your kids when you introduced gaming?
by kerr9000 » Tue Mar 30, 2021 1:33 pm

I introduced my daughter to gaming as soon as she could hold a pad, I played on the spectrum as a toddler with my dad's help so figured it wouldn't harm. She actually learned to read just to play pokemon, she was stubborn and didn't want to read the books school was giving her.

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PostRe: Parents: how old were your kids when you introduced gaming?
by Victor Mildew » Tue Mar 30, 2021 1:43 pm

My youngest always like to play with my old gameboy colour and Tetris. I don't think he really knew what he was doing but the beeps and boops made him laugh like a loon :lol:

His sister never really took an interest beyond watching us both play a bit of double dash. You can't have everything.

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PostRe: Parents: how old were your kids when you introduced gaming?
by Jenuall » Tue Mar 30, 2021 2:23 pm

I had various friends who used to let their kids just sit and watch whilst they played stuff like GTA, Call of Duty and Assassins Creed and it never sat right with me at all. Obviously those games are massively inappropriate for young kids to be exposed to but also just in general the concept of playing a game with a baby or toddler just sat there feels wrong. Whilst they were younger I consciously tried not to play games or be on my phone whenever I was around my kids - why would I be playing a game or twatting about on my phone when I could actually be engaging with them directly?

We let our start playing stuff like Lego, art based games and Angry Birds on phones/tablets when they were maybe 3 or 4 but they weren't really interested in "real consoles" until maybe 5 or 6 I'd say. We play a lot of Switch games as a family - Mario Kart, Mario Maker, Luigi's Mansion, and Just Dance are probably the main contenders!

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PostRe: Parents: how old were your kids when you introduced gaming?
by Dual » Tue Mar 30, 2021 2:25 pm

Victor Mildew wrote:My youngest always like to play with my old gameboy colour and Tetris. I don't think he really knew what he was doing but the beeps and boops made him laugh like a loon :lol:

His sister never really took an interest beyond watching us both play a bit of double dash. You can't have everything.


Who hacked ad7s account?

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PostRe: Parents: how old were your kids when you introduced gaming?
by JCDenton » Tue Mar 30, 2021 2:29 pm

Dual wrote:
Victor Mildew wrote:My youngest always like to play with my old gameboy colour and Tetris. I don't think he really knew what he was doing but the beeps and boops made him laugh like a loon :lol:

His sister never really took an interest beyond watching us both play a bit of double dash. You can't have everything.


Who hacked ad7s account?

I did it on the advice of the hacker, Daedalus

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PostRe: Parents: how old were your kids when you introduced gaming?
by Tomous » Tue Mar 30, 2021 2:50 pm

Dual wrote:
Victor Mildew wrote:My youngest always like to play with my old gameboy colour and Tetris. I don't think he really knew what he was doing but the beeps and boops made him laugh like a loon :lol:

His sister never really took an interest beyond watching us both play a bit of double dash. You can't have everything.


Who hacked ad7s account?



I'm guessing he missed a word like nephew out after youngest :lol:

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PostRe: Parents: how old were your kids when you introduced gaming?
by Victor Mildew » Tue Mar 30, 2021 3:10 pm

No, I've got two 15 year olds from a previous marriage.

Hexx wrote:Ad7 is older and balder than I thought.

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