Hi Dark,
that's a situation I'm quite familiar with. As it happens I have a
number of video game emulators on the family PC, one of them is
Stella, and my son likes the Atari 2600 games like Pac-Man, Space
Invaders,  Galaxian, etc because the games are fairly easy to play and
the graphics are easy to see. As you pointed out many of the retro
remakes or new games have such high end graphics that my son has a
difficult time figuring out what to do in them. So for him some of the
NES and Atari games are more his speed so to speak.
As it happens I still have my original NES console and my son can play
for hours at a game like Duck Hunt which I personally find a bit dull,
but he loves blasting away at ducks for hours on end.  He also likes
Mario, but he usually doesn't get very far. He still has problems with
the jumps.

On 5/23/10, dark <d...@xgam.org> wrote:
> Interesting that you mention your son playing packman tom. A friend of mine
> was actually complaining that the modern, hyper graphical, hyper 3D games
> are so aimed at a particular agegroup, getting young children into playing
> games, or playing games together with them is damnably difficult due to the
> fact that very young children of 3-6 don't have such good spacial or visual
> coordination skills.
> apparently her four year old nephew absolutely loves original mario brothers
> precisely for this reason. No complication, just walk and stomp.
> I actually wonder if I'd have got into games at all were I growing up right
> now, ---- and not just because of the vision angle.
> Beware the Grue!
> Dark.

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