Okay, listen up, gamer parents. Did you ever think of the idea of leaving your gaming legacy to your children? That is, leaving the legacy of the games YOU yourself grew up on with timeless consoles such as the Super Nintendo Entertainment System (SNES), or its predecesor, the Nintendo Entertainment System (NES)?
The same is true for games that are timeless classics – who could ever forget the days they learned how to play Super Mario World on the SNES? Or Super Mario Brothers on the NES?
If I were to make an analogy, I would say that these games were the nursery rhymes of every single gamer that grew up in OUR golden age of gaming – from the Ataris to the first iteration of the Sony PlayStation.
See, some of us who already have children who are too young to enjoy the AAA games that are all the rage nowadays may either choose to have fun on the swing – which isn’t a bad idea, since children need to get out more these days – or to play video games like daddy does, which was the path I chose for myself back when I was a younger gamer. No regrets.
Be that as it may, we’ve examined how you could turn your children on to retro gaming, and why you should at all.
It might sound as though I was blowing smoke up your ass, but there are some very valid reasons as to how it could be beneficial for them to walk the very same gaming trajectory like you did – even in today’s world of AAA gaming; which, arguably, is moving towards a soulless, sanitized, and overly commercialized gaming experience – if it isn’t already one. But that’s another story best reserved for another day.
As it stands, let’s examine the reasons why and how you should turn your child on to retro gaming – nostalgia reasons notwithstanding – and dust off those Nintendos (or emulators), because this is going to be a good one.
Retro Gaming Is Easy To Learn.
Ever play a game for children on the iPad? Chances are you’ll be surprised at how complicated they could get. Try picking one up – chances are you’ll find it unplayable. In fact, most of the new games that we let children play nowadays pale in comparison to the games we grew up on the NES – ask a child to play Super Mario World for the first time and watch how easy he learns, as a fish would to water. It’s an experience that fully engages them and teaches them the rudiments of gaming, and gives them that determination, patience, skill and drive they will need to conquer more complicated AAA games for children. Just look at why no one plays Pokemon GO anymore. I know I’d rather play the Gameboy version, but I will digress.
Retro Gaming Makes For Better Bonding Experiences.
Granted, you can say the same for any AAA game out there – but would you rather explain gaming plots that are too convoluted to explain, or are rather mature in nature to your children, or would you rather make it simply a matter of defeating evil bosses in Streets of Rage or in Contra? I think I know what will be more fun and more of a bonding experience for the both of us – and that will definitely be SoR or Contra.
Retro Gaming Is For The Children.
The nature of retro gaming to be good, clean, and simple fun makes it infinitely better for children to play – it’s engaging, it’s challenging, and arguably, the games are of a much higher quality, since there isn’t any downloadable content or bug fixes in the event of gaming problems. It’s just a matter of practice making perfect, of simple, unconvoluted goals, and a more innocent experience away from the agendas that today’s games tend to push. And even if your kid ends up one day switching your NES for the latest PlayStation, you’ll know you’ve done your parenting well, since you trained him in the same way you did yourself. Gaming should be fun for children – otherwise it defeats the purpose of gaming itself.