Your kiddo wants to play the latest and greatest new game. They’re excited about it. All their friends are playing it. You, though, haven’t even heard of it. You’re not alone. Many many parents ask the same question: How do you know if a is appropriate for your kid?
There are a lot of games released each year. Like, a lot a lot. In 2017, for example, nearly 8000 games were released on the Steam platform alone . That jumped to over 9000 in 2018. Developers across the world release more than 20 a day. And that’s just one platform.
Now, things get a little easier to manage when you narrow the scope to just the major titles released in a year, but that’s could still easily top a hundred in a single year.
Add to all that your own kiddo’s evolving tastes in the games they play. Then add the impact of what their friends are playing, and general hype. On top of that, you can add in the overall trends for games in social media and it can quickly become impossible to know if a particular game is appropriate for your kid.
Thankfully, there’s a number of easy to use and readily available tools to help you figure all that out. We’ll go over those tools and arm you with everything you need in this post.
I’ve been there. You’ve figured out the difference between gravel blocks and regular stone blocks. You finally understand what a creeper is and what it does. You can recite the recipes for glow stones and wooden stairs in your sleep. Heck, you even understand how Redstone works. You’ve done it. You can have meaningful conversations with your kiddos about Minecraft.
Then, it happens. Your kids get tired of Minecraft. Sometimes for a few months, sometimes forever. Regardless, your kiddos are now looking for “the next thing” and you’re left scrambling, trying to catch up, and trying to help.
So… What do you do when your kiddo grows tired of Minecraft?
Thankfully, it’s pretty easy to help out, once you know what, specifically, about Minecraft your kiddos enjoy.
If you’re a parent and not much of a gamer yourself, it can be challenging to connect with your gamer. It can feel like there’s a tremendous gulf between you and your kiddo. On the one hand, you have your kiddo is very much into their hobby. Games are their passion. On the other hand, when they try and talk to you about it, there’s so much there that you can’t follow. It can be confusing and frustrating.
So, how with all that, how can you connect with your gamer?
God of War sat as number 1 in the game charts for 5 consecutive weeks, taking the record for Playstation 4 exclusives. It also sold over 3 million copies in three days. It’s the fastest selling PlayStation 4 exclusive ever made, and is both a commercial and critical success, sitting at a Metacritic rating of 94.
So, you might say God of War is a big deal in the gaming world. And if your kiddo’s a gamer – you can bet they’re talking about it. So, what exactly is this thing? And as a parent, what do you need to know?
As an adult gamer that leans towards more hardcore games, I understand that I’m not the target for the Nintendo Labo. As a parent of a gamer, though. I think it’s brilliant. Nintendo has a history of looking to expand how we play games and interact with them. They’ve been on the forefront of this since the very first GameBoy. And they’ve carried that focus all the way up to their latest product – the Nintendo Switch. With Labo, they’re trying something very different, and it’s something parents should pay close attention to.
You ask, beg, even sometimes threaten, but your kiddo still claims they can’t pause their game. Why? What’s going on? Tell me, have you ever had a conversation like this?
“Why can’t you just pause your game?” “I told you, I can’t pause it. It doesn’t work that way.” “It’s a game. Just pause it and get down here.” “Ugh… The game doesn’t pause.” “Whatever then, I don’t care. It’s time for dinner. Just come down.” “I can’t. Their jungler’s down and we’re about to towerdive on mid. And it’s ranked.” “You can jungle your mid or whatever later. I already told you, it’s time for dinner. Get down here” “But why!” “Now!”
I can’t imagine I’m the only parent that’s had this talk. It’s infuriating and can be confusing. Why can’t they pause their online game? I mean… It’s a game. Why can’t they just pause it? Even if it’s online, it’s not like the internet’s going to pick up and leave — So why does your kiddo insist they can’t just stop?