Emily and James have always played with computers from very little. As a result they are both quite good at games.
When Thomas and Cameron moved in here they saw my two playing and wanted to play too and as a result they are both getting reasonably good at the games too
When I was a kid we played games like snakes and ladders, ludo and draughts, all of which have a conclusion where someone wins. These games provide good lessons in life where sometimes you win and sometimes you don’t.
What I have noticed about most of the games that the kids like is that you just don’t win. You play until you die and that is it. For me this seems to be quite a cynical lesson.
It’s not all games of course. Emily’s favourite game on the PS2 is a scooby Doo game where Mystery Inc. have to solve another mystery. It’s the kind of game that you play over a period of time and save as you go and, although it does have the inevitable game over if you run out of lives, it is possible to play it out to a conclusion. It also has a running story line to it which is quite nice.
I don’t really play games myself but the one that I do like is Sim City which I first started playing many years ago. I remember having to spend over $500 getting an extra 8mb of ram for my 486 machine to get the game to work but I used to play it a heck of a lot when I was living in the outback.
I have the current version which I play occasionally. The graphics and rendering is a lot better but the latest version tends to concentrate too much on being the mayor and I just want to build.
Thankfully I found a nice little cheat that lets me get as much money as I want without having to worry about pesky budgets.
If only life were like that!