What every parent needs to know about gaming- A crash course
It is an obvious fact that most of you don’t game. Hence, games can seem like a strange and vaguely threatening habit in your household.
So, Mr. and Mrs. Parent, even if you never intend to play a game in your life, you should at least know about them. This blog will cover certain FAQs that will help you understand:
How does the gaming industry work?
There are three different gaming sectors:
Console based games (PlayStation, Xbox, and Wii
Computer games (For PCand Mac.)
Mobile games (For smartphones and tablets.)
With the advent of the internet, games are downloaded straight to the PC, console, tablet or smartphone. Sometimes these games are free to download, sometimes they’re not. But most times, gamers will be asked to pay for the extra content within a game. For example: Power-ups to help them when they’re stuck someplace. Such payments are called micro-transactions.
How big is the gaming industry?
The gaming industry in India is huge! (USD: 890 million)
Can games be educational to children over three?
After the age of three, there is evidence that games for the tablet and smartphone can help children with math and language. Today, many computer and tablet games are regularly used in education.
For older children, there are a variety of games with a creative and educational value. The most obvious example to support this claim is the building simulator game Minecraft, which can teach players anything from architecture and physics to electronics and geology.
Games like Sim City teach strategic thinking. They also provide information on history, geography and urban planning.
There exist lots of evidence to suggest that such games can help with hand-eye coordination, puzzle solving, logical thinking, spatial awareness, teamwork and various other vital and transferrable skills.
What about violence in games?
It is very important to know that not all games are suitable for children. In fact, most video games are designed for players above the age of 18. Along with an age rating, most game cases must also show a series of icons informing consumers about the kind of content a game will contain i.e. violence, sex and drug use.
Whatever the case, if a game is rated 18 and above, it should be treated like an A rated movie- it is unsuitable for children younger than 18.
What are the most popular types of games?
All this depends on the platform the games are being played on. In the smartphone space, it’s casual puzzle games like Candy Crush Saga. In the console and PC space, action and adventure games like Grand Theft Auto, Call of Duty, etc. are popular. However, sport oriented games such as FIFA are also highly popular, as are fitness and dancing games like Wii Fit or Just Dance.
Could my child get a job in games?
Most definitely! The gaming industry is a huge employer of creative and like-minded folk. The gaming industry needs talent that are good at mathematics, physics and computer science as well as skilled animators, writers and artists.
Should I game with my kid?
Yes! Sharing games with your child will allow you to keep an eye on what they’re playing, and give you a common interest to talk about. Playing and sharing games provides a safe, enjoyable environment to discuss other things as well. If you’re finding it difficult talking to your child or teenager about their lives, a game can provide a space that fits their lines of thought.