While the basic premises of video games haven’t changed all that much over the past few decades, advancements in technology have completely changed how people play them. Today’s games offer an experience that was simply unimaginable back then. Let’s take a look at 4 ways that your kid’s games are different from the games you played when you were a kid.
1. They’ve become more social
Games have pretty much always had a strong social aspect, but these days they’re more social than ever. Multiplayer games have flourished along with the Internet, and many can be played online with other gamers. While kids having the opportunity to interact with others can be a great thing, online multiplayers have their downsides – for example, worrying about your child’s safety. The shift towards online multiplayers also means a decline in the popularity of local co-op games, which, if you yourself played games as a kid, might find extremely disappointing – nothing can top the satisfaction of utterly destroying someone that’s sitting in the same room as you!
2. They’ve become less sedentary
So-called “exergames”, or games that rely on movement and physical activity, took off in the 2000s after the success of Dance, Dance Revolution. Before then, physically involved games were far more rare and you would have had to go to an arcade to play one. Exergames were intended to get kids “off the couch” and start moving, but research has so far shown that they have little impact on a kid’s fitness level because those sneaky kids compensate for the increased activity by decreasing activity in other parts of their lives, basically evening everything out.
3. They’ve become more available
How many of you remember waiting weeks or even months to get a new game, begging your mom to take you to the store, or grabbing a handful of quarters for the arcade? These days, kids have access to games anywhere and anytime. Consoles, computers, phones, tablets – there are few limitations to where and how they can game, and getting a new game can take a matter of seconds. Not only that, but there is way more variety in the types of games than back in our day. Whatever kind of game your kid wants to play, there’s a good chance they will find something that perfectly suits their wants. There’s something for everyone, you just have to know how to find it!
4. They’ve become more realistic
I don’t know about you, but I’ve watched technology take gaming to new levels over the years and excitedly thought to myself “It can’t possibly get better looking than this!” with each new advancement. Both graphics and story lines have come a long, long way since our childhoods, and games today can be incredibly realistic. This is both a boon and a bane for parents – games can be awesomely immersive and captivating, but they can also be too graphic for young children.
4 ways that video games have changed since you were a kid, but surely not the only changes. Let us know in the comments what changes you’ve noticed and whether you think these are for the best or the worst.