How To Talk to Your Children About Classic Video GamesS

It's a delicate subject but one that will inevitably come up for any parent, and you've got to be prepared. In this age of bright and shiny high definition games, how can we force our children to play through the games we grew up on first? This is commenter Balmung's question in today's Speak Up on Kotaku. Now eat your video games, kids.

So what is a good way to get children interested in video games to play classics? I am 20 years old, and while not looking for children in the near future, it will become inevitable eventually (girlfriend will make it happen). As I am a huge gamer I have played many games considered classics today yet don't see many younger kids playing them. Gone are the days when I would see kids playing Super Mario Bros., The Legend of Zelda, or Chrono Trigger. Today the newer more flashy games seem to keep their attention more and, well, I just don't like it!

Certainly these new games deserve attention as well, but it is good to understand where the games today started out. Therefore I want any children of mine to first be introduced to older games. I don't really want to force it on them but I think it would teach them many things that are often taken for granted in modern gaming. The biggest thing being patience. Gamers today are so easily annoyed that gamers of old would scoff at them for their foolishness. If you aren't patient in a game like Final Fantasy I then you will not finish it.

So what would be a good way to get this done? I was thinking of maybe moving the child through old consoles I have, as far back as the NES and up to the modern consoles we have at the time. Any suggestions on what classics would be good to include or different ways to do this?

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