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35% Of Parents Game

Zonk posted more than 8 years ago | from the gamer-parents-are-the-best-parents dept.

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Next Generation is reporting on an ESA study indicating that something like 35% of parents play games. Most of them play with their kids, and a large percentage say that gaming together knits their family closer together. From the article: "'The data provides further evidence dispelling the myth that game playing is dominated by teens and single twenty-somethings,' said Doug Lowenstein, ESA president. 'It tells us that parents see games both as an enjoyable activity on their own, and one that allows them to engage with their children as well.'"

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is this because these are the same parents that... (0, Troll)

Zantetsuken (935350) | more than 8 years ago | (#14568833)

participate in these kind of polls? of course the parents that arent technologically inclined enough to play a game arent going to be apt enough to participate in a poll...

Re:is this because these are the same parents that (1)

stonecypher (118140) | more than 8 years ago | (#14570645)

Why did this get marked as a troll? This is a damned important question, and speaking as a member of the industry, I'll tell you firmly that this is a serious problem with our statistics.

What parent was saying wasn't "omgomgomgomg ESA so evil." What parent was saying was "you know, the sorts of people who actually take gaming questionnaires seriously tend to be the people who play games; by the nature of polling, wouldn't this distress the statistics?"

Please mod parent up. What he said was dead-on, and even if you disagree, it's certainly not a troll. He's not trying to start a flame war. (If I had metamoderation points right now ...)

Re:is this because these are the same parents that (1)

Zantetsuken (935350) | more than 8 years ago | (#14571151)

thanks for the defense - probly just the usual bunch of people that get first post and are pissed they didnt make it in time AND that I still had a valid question at the same time, not just the usual crack joke and "first post:)"

Goes beyond just gaming (2, Interesting)

mendaliv (898932) | more than 8 years ago | (#14568852)

Some of their other statistics caught my eye:
Gamer parents are also likely to be voters, according to the study, with 73 percent of those surveyed claiming to visit the polls regularly. Perhaps unsurprisingly, 85 percent think that monitoring the appropriateness of what kids play should be the job of the parents, not the government or game publishers. Similarly, parents believe by a two-to-one margin that it isn't the government's job to regulate games at all.

Now, at first I thought that this was great; maybe all the anti-gaming regs will fall through after all. But then of course, nobody is going to vote for somebody because they are against gamers' rights. At least not in this day and age. Ah well.

Re:Goes beyond just gaming (1)

(A)*(B)!0_- (888552) | more than 8 years ago | (#14570269)

"But then of course, nobody is going to vote for somebody because they are against gamers' rights. At least not in this day and age. Ah well."
What are you trying to say here?

Fragged Dad (2, Funny)

no_pets (881013) | more than 8 years ago | (#14568872)

Son: "Ha ha! I just fragged you!"

Dad: "You're grounded."

Family bonding.

In related news... (2, Funny)

HugePedlar (900427) | more than 8 years ago | (#14568877)

People Grow Older with Time.

A recent study has found that the teenagers of the 80s and 90s have nearly all grown into adults. Many of these adults have sired children and play with them in the manner they used to play themselves.

Re:In related news... (2, Funny)

bedroll (806612) | more than 8 years ago | (#14569057)

Many of these adults have sired children and play with them in the manner they used to play themselves.

You may want to consider rephrasing that.

Re:In related news... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14569174)

A recent study has found that the teenagers of the 80s and 90s have nearly all grown into adults.

By "A recent study" do you mean, "some simple arithmetic?"

Does this count? (1)

cellocgw (617879) | more than 8 years ago | (#14569653)

I play Visual Pinball all the time.
Does that count as a vid?
How about my Dad, who plays Go online?

OT: what the heck happened to the Start a New Thread link? I can't start a new thread so far as I can tell. Did I get stupid or did /. get tricky? :-(

Totally (2, Funny)

aphoenix (877085) | more than 8 years ago | (#14568879)

I'm totally waiting for the little one to get old enough to play games with. Then I'm all up ons the babysitting situation.

"Hon, you want to go out? I'll stay in with the kids. No, we won't just order pizza and play video games."

I mean, who better to play with than your kids? For a while, you can totally school them, and then when they start winning, you can send them to bed.

Re:Totally (1)

Dr. Manhattan (29720) | more than 8 years ago | (#14569215)

For a while, you can totally school them, and then when they start winning, you can send them to bed.

At the rate he's learning, I figure I have max two years before my five-year-old is kicking six kinds of crap out of me in videogames. Used to be you'd have to wait until they were teenagers before they'd start beating you at something...

The family that games together... (2, Interesting)

jaredbpd (144090) | more than 8 years ago | (#14568904)

My two year old daughter loves playing "the falldown game" (NFL 2k5), "the car game" (Project Gotham Racing 2), and "the pirate game" (Sid Meier's Pirates!) with me on the XBox. However, I show the tiniest amount of parental sensibility and wait until after she's asleep to play San Andreas. With her being at the critical stage for copying language, I don't need her walking around talking like CJ!

Re:The family that games together... (3, Insightful)

Dr. Manhattan (29720) | more than 8 years ago | (#14569158)

My five-year-old and three-year-old like to play Half-Life (original) with me. Well, really, watch me play, though if I turn on god mode I can let the five-year-old run the mouse and I use the keyboard. We finished Tron 2.0 that way. I do the same with Descent 3, he uses the mouse and I use the joystick (it's like having really noisy controls).

They love it. So much so that when our three-year-old drew on our carpet, the punishment my wife gave (in addition to helping clean it up) was "No Blue Shift for three days!" They have imaginary pet headcrabs and bullsquids, I kid you not.

Now, we worked up to HL from D3, and I stick to the parts where you're shooting at monsters, not people. I've determined that my kids are not traumatized by the images and don't have nightmares or anything from them. They don't get in fights (indeed, from the comments we get from other parents they're unusually well-behaved), no signs of hyperactivity or poor attention span. Our five year old's first report card was quite good.

Since they like games so much, we try to encourage the kinds we like. They love playing with the Eye Toy and dance pads we have for the PS2. (Okay, the 3.5-year-old doesn't do so hot with the dancing, but he has fun anyway...) Good exercise.

(Just to forestall the trolls, we also go swimming, camping, biking, and the 5-year-old loves his karate class. It's winter so no soccer or baseball, but we do that too.)

Re:The family that games together... (1)

captaincucumber (450913) | more than 8 years ago | (#14571206)

>(Just to forestall the trolls, we also go swimming, camping, biking, and the 5-year-old loves his karate class. It's winter so no soccer or baseball, but we do that too.)

This would be an interesting post if what you described was not actually physically impossible given the basic constraint of 24-hour days, and the need to eat, sleep, and work for money.

Re:The family that games together... (1)

Dr. Manhattan (29720) | more than 8 years ago | (#14571465)

This would be an interesting post if what you described was not actually physically impossible given the basic constraint of 24-hour days, and the need to eat, sleep, and work for money.

Aw, a troll! And I tried so hard... :->

You're right, I can't bike and play soccer at the same time. Therefore, I must be lying when I say I do them regularly, since the only possible meaning of such a statement is that I do all possible activities simultaneously. You caught me!

(BTW, kids that age? They only want to play any one game for about half an hour or so... maybe an hour tops. I know, there's no possible way to squeeze that into a day...)

Re:The family that games together... (1)

kidcharles (908072) | more than 8 years ago | (#14569249)


Growing up Geek (1)

SpacialCoogs (946601) | more than 8 years ago | (#14568937)

I played games with my parents growing up all the time. I remember playing on the Atari with my Dad. Some of my favorite memories are playing tabletop D&D with my parents and sibling, which technically isn't an electronic game but the principle is the same. Even now I'll play with my Dad, well, more like feed him hints on how to play Neverwinter Nights as he can't seem to get into non D&D games. Anything that encourages family bonding time is good in my opinion.

My dad is almost a gamer. Almost. (1)

DeadChobi (740395) | more than 8 years ago | (#14569729)

My dad played Doom back when the Ultimate Doom collection came out. Whenever I show him a game, some of the most-asked questions are "can we go over there and kill that?" This is shortly followed by "no, dad. I need him alive. He's going to help me survive this part of the game." Mind you, he was about 49 when he first started watching my brother and me play games. He's 55 now, just to give you some sort of timeframe.

Just the other day I showed him MGS3. This, of course, sparked little discussions about guns and the technical aspects of gunfighting. He's a retired army Lt.C.

Re:My dad is almost a gamer. Almost. (1)

SpacialCoogs (946601) | more than 8 years ago | (#14570040)

My Dad does Doom as well. So I totally understand. It's kind of funny isn't it. He's turning 60 this year so I get the age thing as well. There's a certain sense of nostalgia and wierdness about helping your Dad play computer games. It's funny I'm the geek in the family and I got my bro into playing Warcrack as well. We're insidious I tell you, bua ha ha.

Re:My dad is almost a gamer. Almost. (1)

HTL2001 (836298) | more than 8 years ago | (#14570236)

hehe... my dad used to play descent (the first one, just the demo realy) I still remember teaching him how to load it up in DOS (on the old win95 machine) so it wouldnt tab down when he was flying at an enemy, it was flying at him, and they were both shooting.

he stopped playing when the joystick broke. He played Descent 2 sometime later with a new one, but that broke pretty quickly as well, and he never realy got used to the controls anyway...

aside from that, my mom loves the webgames like cubis.

More info (2, Informative)

gEvil (beta) (945888) | more than 8 years ago | (#14568946)

Here's more info, [] via the ESA's press release. There still seem to be a lot of questions to be answered regarding their methods, however, such as how those 501 families were chosen.

Makes sense (3, Informative)

MikeRT (947531) | more than 8 years ago | (#14568958)

Many parents today grew up with video games and it's a great way for the busy mom or dad to bond with their kids, at least in a superficial way given the probability that it will be the extent of their bonding. Also, it makes good sense that they are voters because to be able to easily afford a new game system and spend $50-$60/game, you'd have to have disposable income and IIRC, studies have shown that disposable income correlates to higher voter participation.

It's going to keep increasing, too... (1)

Se7enLC (714730) | more than 8 years ago | (#14568996)

When did computer games first become mainstream and popular, the early 90s? And it was popular with the teen age group.

~15 years later it's 2006 and we're surprised that those teens grew up and had kids and didn't stop gaming. Gasp!

That's like acting surprised that more parents snowboard now than they did 20 years ago. Amazing, it's because there WAS no snowboarding 20 years ago.

Games Have Always Been Social (1)

Dunx (23729) | more than 8 years ago | (#14569030)

Playing computer games is no different than playing a board game or anything else with your child.

Re:Games Have Always Been Social (2, Informative)

walt-sjc (145127) | more than 8 years ago | (#14569661)

True, but with everything there are limits.

I know a family where the dad (50) and 2 sons (10 and 16) play to the extreme. Dad and the boys play ALL the time (dad is out of work, and too friggin lazy to get a real job.) The 10 year old usually stays up until midnight playing with dad and older bro.

Both kids do not do well in school and are anti-social.

I know another family where the 8 year old games all the time, alone, with seriously violent MA games. He has serious social issues too.

So anyway, sure, game with your kids, but set reasonable time limits. Do other things too - don't let gaming be one ot the only activities you do together. And make sure the games are appropriate for the age of the child.

Games + Kids + Parents = Fun Times (1)

tradiuz (926664) | more than 8 years ago | (#14569082)

My son loved to sit on my lap when he was a toddler and watch me play Gran Turismo. He had to have his own controller though, so he could mimic my actions when racing around.

Why Nintendo Isn't Just for Kids (2, Insightful)

caesar-auf-nihil (513828) | more than 8 years ago | (#14569126)

I fully agree with the article comment about knitting families together. While we certainly do play board games together, there is a lot of fun brought by multi-player kid-friendly games for the whole family.
The simplistic fun of Mario Kart, and even the entire Mario Party Series, has been a great hit in my household. My 9-year old can hold his own very well, and my 6-year old has even won games...without us going easy on the younger child. We all have fun and look forward to doing it again.
I have not seen the type of game where the whole family can play together, in simple good fun where as a parent you won't feel bad if the kid sees what is on screen, except on Nintendo. People can make fun of Mario and gang all they want - but they are kid friendly, and damn fun to play with even as an adult.
That being said - I like FPS games as much as the next serious gamer. I'm still playing Doom3 quite abit, but I wait until the kids go to bed. I can get my gaming fix during the day, if necessary, by challenging my kids and wife to a race on Mario Kart. Especially now that my kids and wife are really good at it, it's a decent challenge.

Re:Why Nintendo Isn't Just for Kids (1)

idonthack (883680) | more than 8 years ago | (#14569402)

Ah, Mario Party. I never would have imagined that my mom would tell me to stop reading a book and come play a video game.

Re:Why Nintendo Isn't Just for Kids (1)

strider2k (945409) | more than 8 years ago | (#14570006)

It's definitely not for kids. I am a college grad and I play Mario party with my girlfriend and her family (gasp!). The siblings of that family are in high school. They don't play games normally but they like Mario party due to it's easy learning curve. If they played halo, they would be bored since I'll be getting a 50-1 frag ratio. Plus, I will mention that I visit the girlfriend's house like once a month for her family's gatherings.

Another side note, my OLDER cousins like Mario party too. They're the mid 30's non-gamers who barely play video games. Now, I am sure my dad will like the revolution considering the only hi-tech electronic device he knows how to operate are a vcr and a dvd player.

Re:Why Nintendo Isn't Just for Kids (1)

jchenx (267053) | more than 8 years ago | (#14570117)

Plus, those of us who grew up playing NES games (like myself) are starting to get to the age of having children. I can definately see myself telling my kids in the future, "No really, I DID play the first Mario game ever! And yes, believe it or not it only had 2 dimensions!"

Re:Why Nintendo Isn't Just for Kids (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14570915)

Actually, the game my family plays together is Super Monkey Ball (the party games, not the freakishly hard main game). It was out on gamecube first, but it's cross platform now.
And Mario Kart isn't that simplistic. All the weapons and track shortcuts etc... more complicated than most racers anyway.

Unsurprisingly (1)

mofomojo (810520) | more than 8 years ago | (#14569185)

My step-mom is one of those people as well. She plays puzzle games and solitaire all the time, this isn't just recently, I know that she's been playing solitaire games on her computer since like.. well.. ever

Re:Unsurprisingly (1)

HTL2001 (836298) | more than 8 years ago | (#14570304)

an interesting tidbet that my dad told me:

those simple games that you play with your mouse that are included with windows were originally intended to teach mouse skills to people new to using them.

Source please? (1)

Nukenbar2 (591848) | more than 8 years ago | (#14569229)

I just find this number abnormally high. I know my parents don't game, how about yours? Does it just refer to only people that have young children, because I know that your grandfather is not playing a leet game of Dance Dance Rrevolution.

Food for thought... (1)

WidescreenFreak (830043) | more than 8 years ago | (#14569560)

The average age of the people in this poll is 37 years old. So, assuming the Bell curve applies, the majority of respondents would be between 30 and 45. These people, whom I call the "first video game generation", grew up during the Atari 2600 and Commodore 64 years. Assuming that the majority of these people had children when they were in their early 20s, such children would be anywhere between 10-25 years old, planting them squarely in what I would call the "second video game generation", and chances are that the "first video game generation" parents are still gamers because that's what they grew up doing. My wife and I are first gen gamers who still play video games just about every night. So it should be no surprise to anyone that our daughter is turning into a gamer as well.

The 35% result should be of no surprise to anyone.

WOW accounts (1)

irablum (914844) | more than 8 years ago | (#14569261)

In my house we have 5 wow accounts. 2 for parents, 3 for kids (we have more kids than that but we all have to share.) Just last night I gave my level 20 Warlock to my son to play since he's higher level than all of his characters (and he's 19!) (plus, he was my alt.)

This isn't that surprising. (1)

Churla (936633) | more than 8 years ago | (#14569271)

My wife and I both play Warcrack, and in our guild there are MULTIPLE family sets. We are constantly linking "Oh that's such and suchs kid..." Makes us watch our potty mouths in guild chat some, which I guess is a good thing, although we still cuss like sailors on the vent server during raids.

When my wife and I have kids I fully expect them to game with us, or conversely it might be us gaming with them. Either way, I think of it as a positive. Some of the best memories I have as a child are of things I did with my grandparents who raised me.

Re:This isn't that surprising. (1)

Ayaress (662020) | more than 8 years ago | (#14571667)

We've got a few family groups in my WoW guild. Something I've learned about marriage from grouping with husband/wife pairs: Don't make simmilar classes. Specifically, armor wise. Don't make two rogues, or a priest and a mage. Make a hunter and a warlock, or a paladin and a druid. Anything, just so your need rolls can't possibly overlap. It's bad enough when strangers argue over wether the priest should be allowed to roll on Dreadmist, but marriage adds a whole new dimension to any conflict.

Gonna start my kids on an NES (1)

scolby (838499) | more than 8 years ago | (#14569275)

Move up to SNES/Genesis maybe two years later...then N64 and PSX...and so on until they eventually reach whatever the current generation is when they're around 16 or so. The maturity level of games, like that of children, increases with age...and it's important they appreciate how games got to where they are it will keep the little buggers off my snazzy XBox 720.

Verbing Weirds Language (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14569321)

35% of Parents Game DOES WHAT?

Sorry. Just a little grammatical pet peeve. By the way, the English language has a perfectly good verb known as "play."

Re:Verbing Weirds Language (1)

stonecypher (118140) | more than 8 years ago | (#14572723)

Your attempt at a counterinterpretation fails without that pesky apostrophe. Verbing is part of this language; deal with it.

Sorry, just a little poserical pet peeve. By the way, the English language has a perfectly good adjective known by "grammarian."

Games for 2 or more players (1)

Spy der Mann (805235) | more than 8 years ago | (#14569333)

my dad used to play "summer games" on the Commodore64 with us. They were fun :)

We also had a bunch of different and simple games, one was about a clown that had to hold balloons, if you dropped a balloon you lost. The game was hilarious.

See, it all depends. Some games are designed to be played in team (2 or more players). Others are designed to be played by only one person. I really miss the "you lose your life, it's the next player's turn" feature on today's games.

This poll is practically useless because... (1)

WidescreenFreak (830043) | more than 8 years ago | (#14569361)

It does not break out the percentile ages of those who took the polls or their definition of "gamer", and those are of critical importance. Yes, it does say that the average is 37 years old, but an average could mean anything from 50% were exactly 50 years old and 50% were exactly 24 years old. I'm going to extremes, I know, but it still makes an important point. By definition, when you have a child, you are a parent regardless of your age. So, just saying "x% of parents" means nothing in and of itself.

I just turned what I prefer to refer to as "six-squared". I grew up on the Atari 2600, Commodore 64, and PC. I've been a gamer since the very early 1980s. That's a very different demographic than, for example, someone who is 55 and therefore did not grow up with video games. I've been a gamer for almost 30 years and still am a heavy PC gamer -- in usage, not physical weight - just wanted to point that out. :) I play BF2 regularly and my wife is addicted to games like Zuma. So, it's only natural that my 5 year old is of course also enjoying video games. I would not expect a parent who did not grow up with video games to be playing video games now, but I am not surprised that those same parents know how to get around the Internet and fill out a survey.

But as to the numbers themselves, an average of 37 means that roughly 50% of those who responded were younger than 37 -- in other words, the first video game generation. If 2/3 of them responded, "I am a gamer", which would not be surprising, and few of the "older than 37" groups were gamers, that would still give the 35% in the poll. So, is it really any surprise to any of us that the number is what it is?

Another thought ... what constitutes a "gaming parent"? I don't consider a "gaming parent" to be someone who fires up a Flash or RealArcade game once every few days, but others might. To me a real "gamer", whether a parent or not, is someone who plays on a regular basis, at least several times a weeks, puts in several hours per week, and suffers from the "just one more level" syndrome. And, sorry, but I don't consider someone who plays Mahjongg to be a gamer. :) So, different perspectives on what constitutes a "gaming parent" could skew these results as well.

This poll really needs to be more detailed to make these results more credible and interesting. I'd be far more impressed to see results like "64% of parents over the age of 45 are gamers who play 20 hours a week or more whereas 15% of parents below the age of 30 are gamers who play less than two hours a week." Whoa! That would be a statistic worth reporting because it would certainly not be what I or I think any of us would have expected. But without some kind of detailed breakdown of the results, I can't see why this number is either surprising or deserving of a Slashdot front page.

Pro's and Con's (1)

Waingro (946682) | more than 8 years ago | (#14570098)

As an "older" player of MMOPG's it blew me away when I started seeing public broadcast chat at a early teen or younger level of maturity. (I started with EQ and I think the younger crowd didnt really show up on this genre until a few years later) I was thinking: What so these kids parents went out and got them a $40-$50 game then handed over their credit card for the monthly fee? "Go ahead Billy, play away"

I'm glad to see part of the reasoning behind this is the parents interaction with thier kids. MMORPG's especially, foster social (somethings good, other times bad) interaction, and if a family can "group" together it seems like a real positive way to spend family time. (As long as its balanced with ball games and outdoor stuff ;)

However, I think the sad fact (Having personally witnessed this tons of times) is that most games, especially MMOs = ultimate babysitter. As long as they are old enough to go to the bathroom and feed/cloth themselves, $15 a month buys you all the free time in the world. But, I would be even more concerned with parents that played certian games like FPS with their kids. "That's the 6th time I've killed you tonight Billy, start working on your Sk1llz!!"

Jack Thompson just rolled over in his future grave (1)

garylian (870843) | more than 8 years ago | (#14569781)

Poor Jack. If more parents would spend time with their kids, instead of using the idiot box (or game console/pc) as a babysitter, so much of this crap would die down.

I know quite a few parents that play various PC or console games with their children. I had several guildmates in EQ who were father/son or mother/son. One woman, whose husband passed away, taught her son how to play his father's characters. It helped them stay closer.

I know that my wife and I play MMOs together a lot, and even some non-MMOs like Diablo II and the like. Our first child is due in May, and the house is already wired for network. Once our daughter reaches an age where she shows genuine interest in games that we may be playing, she will be more than welcome to join us. And, we will be more than eager to play whatever games stike her fancy.

So, this article doesn't surprise me. It would have been nice to see a breakdown of demographics, though.

Dungeons and Dragons (1)

bytor4232 (304582) | more than 8 years ago | (#14569801)

I'm a pretty big fan of D&D and RPGs in general. I DM several ongoing campaigns, and even manage to get a little PC time in here and there. One day I was doing some world building, and my daughter came up to me and asked if she could play. Who could say no to a 5 year old? So we got some maps, minis, and dice and tell you what, we had a ball. Now she asks to play every other day and has her own dice and minis. We even roped the wife to the table, and now SHE has her own dice.

Gaming with the family is the best. Of all the campaigns, I enjoy the family one best.

Speaking as a gaming parent... (1)

Kozar_The_Malignant (738483) | more than 8 years ago | (#14571049)

My main problem is that my younger daughter beats the crap out of me at most games. Her older sister I can beat every time. I agree with the various posts about this bringing families together. We play Halo 1 & 2, Crimson Skies, and Need For Speed on the Xbox. Great fun. She actually enjoys the coopertaive mode in Halo more than the combat mode. The family that frags together stays together.

Definitely No Surprise (1)

Avatar8 (748465) | more than 8 years ago | (#14573349)

I'm typically more surprised when I find parents near my age who do not play games with or without their kids.

Our girls are 5 and 8. The 8 year old plays WoW with mommy using a char on my account. Her level 37 night elf hunter kicks butt, and she is very excited about getting her tiger mount at 40. The 5 year old enjoys Reader Rabbit and her Dora games. Recently the girls have discovered a taste for racing games. I purchased a racing wheel with pedals and some older games (Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit). They're really enjoying the sense of driving.

Furthermore, I have emulators and ROMs for our old NES and SNES so I don't have to drag those boxes out and hook them up; we just play on the PC. They get a kick out of the old graphics, and I do, too.

I not only see these as chances for us to share an experience, but I see my girls gaining skills that should be everyday by now. (If a person doesn't know how to use a computer these days, they're either a senior citizen or a garbage collector.) Even the driving games are a practical learning experience. I expect they'll know the basics of driving by the time we get to the teen years and driver's education. These skills will be second nature to this generation, and they'll grow up just considering computers an everyday device instead of some tool only used for work or a hobby that geeks toy with.

I agree this study seems a bit shallow and does not provide enough detail to be useful. What I'd like to see is a survey of general computer skills throughout the world. Who can use a computer for basics (typing, surfing)? What percentage are moderate or expert users? (definitions needed obviously) Of those, what percentage game and to what extent? Now add the kids playing games or using computers with or without the parents and you start to get a realistic picture of our world's future with computers.

Re:Definitely No Surprise (1)

cobras2 (903222) | more than 8 years ago | (#14587552)

>Furthermore, I have emulators and ROMs for our old NES and SNES so I don't have to drag those boxes out and hook them up; we just play on the PC. They get a kick out of the old graphics, and I do, too.

Hah! That's nothing - ever since I got a ROM emulator for the computer, my 14 year old brother spends all his computer time playing Final Fantasy V and Seiken Densetsu 3 (or however it's spelled), and all this other oldschool stuff, and he won't play Battlefield or SWAT4 or anything else over the LAN with me because he's busy playing his "favourite game" :)

Games != Just Video Games (1)

RedHat Rocky (94208) | more than 8 years ago | (#14573944)

Not just Vid Games, but games in general. Hell, I didn't start playing miniature games (40k, warmachine) until my late thirties.

It's natural for us parental types to try to interest their kids in activities we remember fondly from our youth. And in my opinion (nothing humble about it), gaming, be it board, vid, classic, role playing...whatever, is in general a good thing.

Just remember, it ain't about winning, it's how you play the game!

Wish I had the time... (1)

Bent Mind (853241) | more than 8 years ago | (#14574090)

I'd love to know how these parents make time for such games. I have three kids. From time to time I sit down and play a quick game of bzflag or gauntlet with them. However, with work, house chores, dinner, homework help, and storytime (I love reading to them), I just can't find the time. I supose it might help if my wife didn't hate technology... However, I'd still love to know how they find the time.

Re:Wish I had the time... (1)

spx (855431) | more than 8 years ago | (#14593091)

I can understand that to a point. My son is currently living with his father on a (shall we say) stupid judgement). My ex games alot more than I do, he doesnt work, hes not good for alot, he goes to school PT and has refused to get a job, so hes a slacker. I will call my son randomly and ask what his dad is doing and he tells me 'computer', which really nothing has changed since I was pregnant with my son. :/ I will game every so offten, but I also have other things that need be done here, and dont consist of games on the PC or the PS2. Im sure there is more dust on the playstation than anywhere else in my home. I think you can even the time of gaming w/o taking away from things you need to do, otherwise, your a slacker.

35% of Parents (1)

altanhaider (764914) | more than 8 years ago | (#14579773)

...probably teenage parents. But honestly, many times they just take bad or incomplete statistics. Just a thought. "50% of all humans are not female"
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