Games are amazing these days! From online play to just the amazing graphics, younger audiences don't seem to really appreciate how dynamic and complex games have become in just a few decades.
My young cousin, who is eight, was visiting a couple months ago and he wanted to play some games. He saw our PS4 and 360 and was just stoked! I saw this and decided to push his buttons. I then broke out the N64 and some PS2 Games and had him play a few. After forcing him to play some Mario Kart 64 and Mario Party he was done playing. The whole time he kept saying these graphics are horrible, or this isn't fun at all! He then jumped up and grabbed a few games out of the crate, and I bet you can guess what he grabbed! Call of Duty and Gears of War!
This made me stop and think a little bit about young gamers today. How many just play shooters or just AAA titles? Thank goodness we have a strong group of Indie game developers that create some fantastic bit art games. Shovel Knight is one of those new throwback games that came out a few years back that made us remember that a simplistic game can be as amazing as an AAA title, but how many young gamers actually play these types of games?
I tell all my friends that if I ever have a kid, they will be secretly brain washed! For their first console I will at the least have them play Super Nintendo. I might break out an Atari, but it would just depend on the mood when that time comes. Then just advance through the Console generations as they would grow older. I feel like this will help them become more well rounded in games and their tastes in games could be more varied. They would also be great at not caring about graphics and just enjoy the experience that the game provides. So many kids want explosions and gore in their games! Shooters are super simple to get into and anyone can pull a trigger to kill someone so that could be a reason why young kids can get into them. They don't have to read or have to think that much, and they could luckily get their way through a mission.
I remember seeing my cousin get stuck on a Call of Duty mission after he had to read and perform instructions that were given to him, and he would get stressed out and have me beat it for him. That's when I say,"Nope, you wanted to play, so you'll have to read and follow instructions."
He then just says,"I can't read."
He can read, he is just lazy. No, seriously, he reads full books!
I just tell him in response, "Looks like this game is just too mature for you then." and then I start to reach for a good ol' Mario game.
I also feel like young gamers would even get better at games if they started with retro games. A lot of older games are harder than most now a day games. This is because most games worked on precision and accurate timing than games today. There are some exceptions such as Super Meat Boy, but if I go back to play some old games I usually get schooled because I've grown too "soft" with the difficulties of present games.
I just hope companies port more old games to their console,s and maybe throw some freebies at players. I feel like gamers and the gaming industry needs it if gaming is going to continue to grow positively for present and future gamers.