5 Ways To Connect With Your Gamer When Not One Yourself

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?

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What’s a Metroidvania?

If you have a kiddo or kiddos way into games, you may have heard them talk about Metroidvania games.  They’re pretty popular for a game type with a completely nonsensical name.  As a genre or game type, you tend to find them in smaller indie games. However, nowadays, even large blockbuster games use the core mechanics of the genre.

What's a Metroidvania Game?

So, what are these games?  What is a Metroidvania game? Why is it called that? What’s this all about?  In this entry, we explore all that and give everything you, as a parent, need to know.  

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Speedrunning Games – Definitions and Guides for Parents

“Did you see?”
“I’m gonna need more than that. Like, anything about anything.”
“Super Mario Brothers. There’s a new world record for beating it. It’s down to 4:56”
“You can beat Super Mario Brothers in less than five minutes?”
“I can’t… But people can. They found a flagpole glitch that let’em shave off time.”
“A flag what now?”
“A glitch. They shaved off like 3 tenths of a second.”
“Wait. Wait wait wait. 3 tenths of a second. That’s a thing. That’s a thing people do. Run games to shave off fractions of a second.”
“Um… Yea-ah. It’s speedrunning. Three tenths of a second is a big deal.”
“I’m sure it is.”
“Seriously. It’s HUGE”
“Ugh… You just. Don’t. Get it.”

Yup. Speedrunning. It’s a thing. And it’s a big deal for a subset of gamers. There’s even a biannual charity event for it: Games Done Quick. Where the dedicated get together and stream out playing games as fast as humanly possible.

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Roguelike – A Quick and Simple Guide for Parents

If you have an older kiddo – particularly one that loves more “indie” games or plays mostly on the computer, rather than on a gaming console, there’s a pretty good chance they’ve played – or at least talked about – Roguelike games.

They may not use that term — But there’s a pretty large volume of games that fall in this category. So, while you may not have heard them use this term Roguelike, they probably have talked about the games. Though, as I touched on above, the chances of this are greater if you’ve got a teenager rather than a youngling. Not that there’s anything particularly teenagery about them, they just tend to skew a little older cause… well… permadeath. We’ll get to that in a second.

With all that in mind, let’s jump to it.

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