In today’s topic I am going to discuss a few things about Non reality VS. Reality Games – And what ages should they play them. The reason I have decided to write about this subject is due to one of my comments I received in my article “Is Gaming Healthy?”
While I was reading Mary’s comment I realized that I had this ideal that I would help Mary by writing this article for her and many others who wonder at what age and what game should I start my kids at.
Technology In Today’s World:
As a society, we are advanced in technology, that it is beyond are years. It is no wonder that today more and more kids are playing video games, on many devices, anywhere they go now days. Every day, it seems as though their is some kind of new device coming out as we are just getting use to the one they put out before the new one.
Non Reality Games:
The very first system that I owned was a PlayStation 2. All the games I bought was non reality games. I did this for a reason. My son was only 7or 8 years old at the time. Starting him out on non realistic games helped to teach him that video games are just games, they are not real.
By doing this, I taught my son the rule of gaming. The rule of gaming is, that want’s your done playing, the game stays in the game. Gaming may be a part of life, but they do not have a part of being in real life.
Here is a list of non reality games that my son played until he was 14.
- All the Spiro games
- All the Zelda games
- Lords of the Rings 1,2,and 3
- Lords of the Rings The third Age
- All the Final Fantasy games
- Crash Banicoot
- Jack and Dexter
Now my son is in his twenty’s and since then they have come with other non reality games, such as SKIRIM. Now SKIRIM is a good game to start them on when they about 12 years old, and can be played on a PS4, X box 360, and X box One, It is a great starter game kids nearing the age where reality games become more popular.
What Age Should I Start My Kid At:
It is my opinion though raising my son in the gaming world, that kids between the ages of 7 to 14 play only non realistic games. By the age of 14 then they are ready for more advanced games such realistic games. Now please don’t get me wrong, for we are all entitled to are own opinion. Your thought of when to start them on non realistic games and realistic games are of your own. This is just what worked for my family.
Pro’s of Non Reality Games:
There are a few pros to children playing non reality games at this stage in their life. The first and most important one is that it teaches hand and eye coordination. Now for my son this was the best thing for him because, he had a lot of problems with eye and hand coordination. He was at 7 years old delayed by 2 years, and it was nothing I or anyone else had done to delay him. It took him 6 months of playing his games to finally catch up.
I also found that it improved my sons conversation with the neighborhood kids. This means a lot for this was away my child went from being lonely to having many friends.
The third pro is that it does help with concentration, and memory skills. As a child progress in the game they are learning and retaining memory. This ultimately helps them in school when retaining information.
Con’s Of Non Reality Games:
There are only two cons that I can think of for non realistic games. The first one is that kids play the video games to long. So it is my suggestion to all the parents out their to set a time limit. What worked for me is I started him off at, 7 years old, with 30 min. Every year on his birthday It got increased by 15 min. I also gave him an extra 30 min. all weekend playing time for a reward at the end of the week, when his behavior caused no problems that week.
The other con I found is that he would act out parts of his games in real life. Now the good thing about this con is that they are young enough to teach. When my son started acting out the game I would remind him that it is a game and not real life and I would explain to him the difference. then let him go and finish playing. I would never discourage him from playing even though he was acting out the game.
Just make sure they know its not real life. This is a wonderful time in life and kids do listen even though you think they don’t. It is the perfect time to teach.
Reality games are so much more completed and realistic, that sometime you have to wonder if they are real or not. There is so many of them you can’t help but to lose yourself in them.
The graphics have become more and more life like, that you can just image it was you right their and not the characters. As for the sound quality, It has become so much better, that if you’re playing with surround sound it sounds just like your right their, right in the middle of the action.
These games may consist of
- All the Call of Duty games
- All the Grand theft Auto games
- And many, many more.
What Age Should I Start My Teen At:
I was really hesitant in letting my son play reality games, but I knew he was at that stage where I had to let him progress. Now this is my suggestion and yours may vary, but when it comes to reality comes I would suggest age 14 for these reasons.
They are now in a new stage in their development to where they will be now testing their wings, for flight for when they do leave home. They have grown into more advance areas that no longer consist of the baby and the child world.
Pro’s Of Reality Games:
As we get older we advance with the times or we get left behind. Pro teens and teens are more likely to have friends in school if they are allowed to keep up with advance times. In the gaming world that would be, knowing the games, and being able to speak about them to their friends,
If a child is not up to advanced times while in school, and I know this from personal experience, They are usually the ones who are lonely and picked on.
Con’s Of Reality Games:
There are down falls to reality games and they could affect a person in real life if not careful. They could end up talking about the game too much instead of real life events which could lead to loss of friendships.
They could spend too much time playing their games and not doing their homework or work for their job. Which could lead to bad grades or someone gets fired from a job.
Time For Wrap Up:
So in conclusion I believe that their is pro’ and con’ to starting kids out at an early age. Also, they as in life must progress with the gaming world to advance in skills. So what do you think in non realistic games and realistic games? Please leave a comment below and I will reply as soon as possible. As always Thank You.