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    No, i'll beat him, you don't know me very well in the gaming world. [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/new/smile_m_32.gif[/img]
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    Smash Brothers is my favorite! I used to play that game so much that my friend who owned the gamecube sold it just so I'd stop beating him. Good for you, Jim, you're taking a bold step. Videogames are still kind of a faux paux among adults here in the States, but I know lots of Japanese kids who grew up playing Nintendo with their parents every evening after dinner. I think it's a great way to get to know people without requiring too much social interchange, but videogames are good for your reflexes and problem-solving skills, too.
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    I know they are good for reflexes and problem solving. I'd rather that the ones that involve violence not be out on the market.

    I also read recently, that there are some kids that are so addicted to the games that they get the shakes and can't sleep. That suggests some unhealth. I've also been told of family oriented games.

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    Quote Originally Posted by [b
    Quote[/b] ]I also read recently, that there are some kids that are so addicted to the games that they get the shales and can't sleep. That suggests some unhealth. I've also been told of family oriented games.
    Moderation, moderation, moderation. You don't let your kid play video games all day. You make SURE they don't play video games all day. There are people (college studen age!!!) who've DIED from playing video games: they play MMORPGs (Massively Multiplayer Online Role Playing Game) and they stop doing those oh-so vital things like eating and drinking. I remember another case where a guy's room mate got sucked in to an MMORPG, he wouldn't leave his room and took to going to the bathroom in the corner so he wouldn't mis any respawns in the game. When his room mate finally kicked him out because it stunk so bad, he told the horror story of what he found. It was pretty disgusting.
    One MUST note that these cases are extremes, but they are also possabilities. My take in it is really simple: let your kid play his/her video games. ** It's great in your case, Jim, because it's allowed you to make a connection with your son**. If he plays video games, you don't need to worry. If you make sure that he isn't playing M/AO games, it will be fine. In which ways you wish to limit your child's gaming is up to you because you know what level of maturity they are at, you know what they can handle. It is your job to watch for obsessive behaviour (which is NOT neccessarily playing a couple of hours a day) and to deem what is appropriate for your child to play.
    People blame violence in their children on video games. The fault is with the PARENTS, not the video games. You shouldn't let your 12 year old play M rated games, it's normally fine for a teen to play games that are rated higher than their actual age, but it is the job of the PARENT to deem what is appropriate as children's maturity varies. If your child cannot tell the difference between what is ok and what isn't, or what the difference between a videogame or TV and real life is, then you obviously don't want to let them play violent games or watch violent movies. There are cases where the child is mature enough to make their own decisions. I've been playing first peron shooters since I was in elementary school (granted they have gotten a bit more intense since my Quake I and Doom days) and I'm probably less prone to violence to the average person my age. It's between the parent and the child, but it is ultimately up to the parent to watch their child's behaviour.
    **I'm sorry, Jim, I didn't want this topic to take this turn as it really isn't the point, bu I felt that this was important to note: you and your son have created a bond through a video game, don't let some sniveling politician trying to sound good to overly concerned and overcontrolling parents fool you in to thinking that THEY can raise your son better than you can.** If you watch your child, they wont become obese because all they do is play videogames. Just keep your children in check, you don't need to watch their every move, but if you notice something wrong, take action. It's just like everything else, you want to play an active role and make sure that your child knows wrong from right.

    Ok, so that's done with. :P And please note, the text directed towards you, Jim are between the asterisks (well, and this paragraph here), the rest of it is just statements in general. I have no doubt in you that you are an excellent parent and can raise your children well, I just want you and everyone else to be aware of what is going on and to remember to make their own choices based on what is right for their children, not what some politician trying to get votes tells you is right. I hope that the progress continues, Jim, and that you'll have more good news for us in the future. [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/new/smile.gif[/img]

    P.S. If I can think of any good games for you and your son to play, I'll be sure to post here. Does he play the computer too, or just his Gamecube?
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    Gosh I love reading my typos! Had to correct those first - before my unofficial editors point them out! [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/laugh.gif[/img] [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/new/smile_m_32.gif[/img]

    Hey, I'm glad you wrote what you had. I take no offence.

    I was talking to my wife about this and although we are in complete agreement about violent-oriented games or TV or movies, she felt that they will get tired of it soon enough, likenearly every game or toy or pet. We also have installed Civilization, which my middle son (named Jonathan) got really into. He loves social studies, so it had some appeal as well as educational value. A friend has mentioned that SIMS programs are educationally oriented. I'll have to look into it. When they were a few years younger, we got a series of education CD's (math, mainly), but those have long since gathered dust. I am open to suggestions. I've done online chess and that was fun.

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    Well, I've been doing a bit of pondering (what else are you to do after a freak boomerang accident leaves you stuck in one place??) and I've come up with a few things:

    For the Gamecube:
    Monkeyball and Super monkeyball (or was that Super monkeyball and Super monkeyball II??) are fun little games that your kids may enjoy (I know I do!) and while they aren't exactly educational, it's the sort of thing that I could imagine your son would want to play with you.

    Another one I think would be a good idea would be Animal Crossing! This one's a fun game where you pretty much build a city. Not like sime city though, you controll a character and you meet new people and go on quests like getting items for them. You can buy items or play games to get them, there are things to decorate your house with, there are trees to plant and fish to catch and so on. I think that this one would be a good one in terms of the social aspect in two ways: 1) much of the game revolves around meeting new people, developing relationships, and helping others and 2) this would be something that I could see you and your son spending a lot of time on! If your son takes an itnerest in this one, then I'm sure he'd love to show you how his village has grown and how his house has changed. Heck, you could even create your own village so he'd still have the satisfaction of kicking your butt, but he might feel sympathetic and try to lend you a hand, too!

    I'm not sure if your son would be interested in any of those games, but I think it'd be worth a shot. I'm not saying that it'll lead to miracles, but all of them are tame, and (especially the last one) seem to have some good potential for being games that you can connect with, and heck, if all else fails, he'll probably at least enjoy them! I may have written them out to sound kind of "kiddie" but I know that people of all ages enjoy them (myself included) [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/new/smile.gif[/img]


    As for the computer, well I haven't thought of many because I didn't think to, but when you said the SIMS, a little lightbulb went *ding!* right over my head. What thought of was:the Creatures games!
    I LOVED these games growing up, and when you think about it, there is a LOT of educational value! There are 3 games in the series (well, I think they made a kiddie version, and there is the online bit, but I've fallen a bit behind in that news) and they revolved around AI creatures called Norns that you take care of.
    (I remember the 3rd one best, so I'll concentrate on that) There are Norns, Ettins, and Grendels in Creatures 3, all of them having different look, speech, likes, environment, genetics, and so on. The Norns are the species of creature that you start with. They are curious and love to play and learn and interact with other AI creatures as well as the animals and environment around them. You start by hatching a Norn (or however many you want) from a few basic different looks. You teach them to speak, you can either use the help of machinery that teaches words to pictures, or you can teach them yourself, or both! You can continue to teach them however you like. You can teach them your name (you are a hand that helps them out, you can pull them along to places, speak to them, interact with the surrounding environment,) the names of plants and animals around them, and pretty much whatever you want. Here are some of the wonderful aspects of this game:

    --There are patches and agents to download GALORE! You can download new Norn looks (there are a LOT!), items for seasonal events, different foods, toys, critters, everything!

    --You build relationships with the Norns and help them build relationships amongst one another, they can even have a child together (in a very nongraphic way which consists merely of a big *smooch!* noise [they like giving Norns they like little kisses]) and the rules of genetics apply! So they will have characteristics of their parents, that coupled with the fact that you can download other types of norns, the combination possabilities are limitless!

    --The educational value is out the roof! There's this doctor machine where you can choose from a GIANT selection of agents to give to your Norn to feel better (real life things, heck, I don't know what half of them are, and the inquisitive mind could learn a LOT!) The genetics go from simple look inheritance from parents to a genetics kit that you can download (I have yet to look in to this though, but from the looks of it, with it you can go REALLY in depth.) There's also the matter of taking care of the environment that the creatures live in, "bioenergy" is the limiting factor in creating certain objects, more can be obtained by training the Norns to get upgrades scattered throughout the parts of their world and by recycling biomass.

    --The upgrades for the world that the creatures live in is a challenge in its own! There are some in the dangerous Grendel world where disease-bearing mosquitos, jumping crabs, piranhas, and other nasties rules, others in the hot Ettin world, hidden amongst all of the various items that the curious (and sometimes thieving!) Ettins live, as well as all around the rest of the world! These upgrades include bioenergy related items, activating functions on the ships (such as the item generator, and gene splicer which allows you to combine two creatures of different species, exponentially increasing the number of possabilities for a creature to turn out!) and giving you control over the other creatures so that you can teach and train them as well.

    --This game has a lot of social interaction, the Norns will express themselves, or you can ask them how they are feeling and they will tell you. You can watch relationships develop between different species of creatures and between the same species. Teaching and interacting with the creatures creates a sort of relationship between you and them, and although their lifespan (if I remember correctly, is something around 8 or 9 hours) is short, you still get to feel connected to each one as you learn their quirks. And if you don't want to deal with one dying, you can always export it out of the world so it's safe.

    --The environment is constantly changing in this game! There are several fully working ecosystems. The one your Norns start in has different fruit-bearing trees, herbivores, predators of critters, ants, fish, and so on. Should the life cycle ever be thrown out of whack, new critters can be placed back in to the eco system, along with flora, as well.

    --The agents: you can connect many different types of agents to build contraptions. For instance, if I don't want a diseased, and potentially dangerous Grendel from entering my Norn habitat (Grendels tend to be agressive,) I can build a contraption to protect my Norns: I can connect a species sensor to a teleporter, when the sensor detects the Grendel, it initiates the teleporter, sending the Grendel back to his own ecosystem (or wherever you want!)

    I believe that I have an extra copy of this game around here (I thought I lost the CD so I bought it again for like 5 bucks) and if you think your son(s) would be interested then let me know and I'm sure I'd be able to send one your way! If you have any questions, then feel free to shoot them my way. Sorry for making this post so Über long, but I wanted to give you a good idea of what this (highly fun and education) game is like so you can see if anyone of you or your kids is interested in it. Oh, and by the way, it isn't the newst game out, so it isn't very hardware intensive so you should probably ot have a problem running it. Well, lemme know if you're interested! [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/new/smile.gif[/img]

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    Wow! Thanks, J.T.! I like the idea of anything relational for him. With Aspergers Syndrome, he is not naturally strong on social interaction. Lots of good ideas here!

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    Quote Originally Posted by [b
    Quote[/b] ]With Aspergers Syndrome, he is not naturally strong on social interaction.
    Yeah, I did a little bit of research on the syndrome before thinking of games. Hehe, I'll try to think of some more ( don't worry, they'll be much more compact in description. [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/new/smile_n_32.gif[/img] ) Since not too many other people are posting, you can feel free to PM me if you're interested in the Creatures game or have any questions or anything. If I come up with more ideas, I'll shoot a PM your way. [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/new/smile.gif[/img]
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