A lot of parents look at their kids playing video games and wonder what they find so interesting about them. They will often say “how can you play that game for so many hours?” or “how are you not bored yet?” or “can’t you find something better to do with your time?” It’s not until parents actually try playing video games for themselves that they realise it’s a lot of fun.
Not just for kids
In the past it would seem that games were just for children but times have changed. While there are a host of video games for kids available online, a lot more games are geared towards adults.
There are a whole range of games catering to different personalities, from RPGs, MMORPGs, puzzle games, strategy games and First Person Shooters to football management games and more casual games like Farmville or Castle Crashers. And that’s just the tip of the iceberg.
“I can swing my sword!”
For most adults, the average day is somewhat manic. You have a lot of responsibilities, a lot to worry about and a lot to do. Many people will waste time flicking through TV channels watching stuff that doesn’t really entertain them and just “switching” off at the end of the day. But games can be a great way for adults to blow off some steam and escape reality.
Video games provide you with something to really get your teeth stuck into. Your brain becomes active, you thoroughly focus on the game and you have a great amount of fun. You can be whoever you want to be; a mage, a warrior, a football manager, an elf, a space explorer, things you wouldn’t get to do in everyday life.
Getting to know you
If your kids enjoy playing video games you should take an interest so it can be something which you can enjoy together. After all, there is nothing better than spending some quality time with the ones that you love. It’s a great way to get to know your child better as you battle hordes of orcs or challenge each other to a soccer match. It’s a great way to teach them the values such as patience, strategy, completing tasks and teamwork.
Obviously you as the parent should make sure that the games are age appropriate and that your 4-year-old doesn’t roll a Necromancer and has nightmares for the next 10 years.
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Celina is a freelance journalist associated with Cartoon Network who specialises in an array of areas and has written several articles regarding online games for kids.