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Best Linux game for young kids

pseudorand (603231) writes | about 2 years ago


pseudorand (603231) writes "I have a 3 year old that I've so far kept away from TV and computers. I met a gamer who has a 1 year old that plays xbox (probably better than I do). I believe kids should experience the real world first, but computers will obviously be a basic job still for the foreseeable future and I'm afraid I'm letting my kid fall behind.

I'd like to responsibly introduce my son to computers so he can start developing hard-eye coordination, typing skills and learning UI concepts. What's the best (Linux, of course) game to get a kid started with? Shoot-em-up's are obviously out, but I'm more concerned with something that will help him understand how to interact with a mouse, keyboard and screen and hold his attention rather than something 'educational' because there's plenty of (probably more effective) ways to teach math, reading, etc. that don't involve a computer.

So far I've tried Tux Racer, which held his attention for 10 minutes or so. He doesn't quite get pressing multiple keys simultaneously yet."

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Platformers... but he'll probably choose his own (2)

Desty (2749557) | about 2 years ago | (#41649891)

My 4 year old daughter has had my (very) old laptop for the last two or three years, running Ubuntu. I installed a bunch of games through the software centre, and she seems to like platformers especially, but almost anything will do - although she has hardly any patience for puzzle games, which is a shame, since Tetris has been shown to improve language skills and brain function. Ironically, many "normal" games have turned out to be better for your brain than so-called "brain games" - even first-person shooters improve eyesight and brain activity.

However, she quickly figured out how to search for and find games and Youtube videos online. A week or so after I set up the laptop for her, she typed "tams tank" into Google and found a few Flash games and videos. Then she discovered ZSnes which I'd installed before, and started playing Secret of Mana (although she doesn't seem very taken by it) and Super Mario World.

Last weekend, I went upstairs and saw she was playing a kind of 2D Worms clone with a bunch of very angry guys who wanted to kick her off for being a "useless blocker", which I suppose was true. We sometimes play around with Scratch, where you can make your own very simplistic games and interactive demos - that's fun even if you just make something stupid and arbitrary happen.

Might be a good idea to pick up a USB game controller if you don't have one - the cheap no-name brand I bought a few years ago worked straight away in Linux, and is great fun with ZSnes and XMoto (an awesome trial bike game, your son might like it).
Also, a starting step might be to visit one of the many Flash games sites and try a few different games with him. You'll have a great time. Enjoy!

Hey ! just a pedagogic bundle ! (2)

rycks (2748889) | about 2 years ago | (#41651311)

Hello, i've just post a news about our first attempt to make pedagogical bundle ... [] if it works we will put all of our games and educational software on this sort of packages ! Éric
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