Nostalgic for me. Brand new for him.

Nostalgic for me. Brand new for him.

Accidentally drops it downstairs

It's Nintendo, it'll be fine.

Accidentally drops it downstairs

Well shit.

his well shit, was referring to his now broken stairs.

Hope ne never sees what modern games are then. Keep him this sheltered.

https://m.xkcd.com/606/ but closer to 30 years instead of five

This is the equivalent of learning the value of money before you start actually making it so you appreciate what you have when you get it.

Aside from that, those old Nintendo games that gave you absolutely no guidance or tips as you played taught me some real patience and problem-solving skills as a kid. They weren't difficult because of the gameplay, they were difficult because a lot of the time you had no idea what you were doing or where you were going. Lots of trial and error.

Someone did that, the kid is pretty good at rogue-likes now. Pretty interesting read, if you have the time for it.

https://medium.com/message/playing-with-my-son-e5226ff0a7c3#.6fo7vqj4g

It's dangerous to go alone. Take this!

Um. Ok. Now what?

I should probably check out HL.

I know what I am doing when I have a kid.

So, never?

As a steam user, it's your moral duty to go ahead and purchase the Orange Box. I forget if that includes the Portal games, but get those too if not.

"No tutorial or direction, re-uses monsters, including boss monsters , repeatedly. Basic graphics are palette swapped to mimic new environments." 4/10

To amend your statement, I'd actually reccomend that it's ones moral duty to wait for the next Steam sale and grab the Valve Complete Pack (only $25!). It comes with all the Half Life games, both Portals, every Counter Strike, and the rest. I've got my moneys worth in Portal alone.

Ah, that perfect age where they're not yet demanding the new games that all their friends have. Enjoy it while it lasts.

I just lent my NES and collection of games to my sister since my nephew is approaching this age. Good on ya.

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How did we go from talking about Nintendo to your Mom?

"sit here and hold this." "Daddy I just want to play clash of clans" "Just let me snap a picture so I can get karma"

Squirtle!

I know what I am doing when I have a kid.

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The hardest part was allowing him to start a new Pokémon game and resetting that pokedex...But watching him choose his first Pokémon was worth it.

Because we mentioned something being broken so the next logical step involves moms. Especially if it's arms that are broken

He got excited for the Mario games. Couldn't understand why anyone would want to shoot a duck. Was excited to see a sonic cartridge. Played pacman and loved it. The shiny gold Zelda cartridges were a draw. He recognized most characters from smash bros... so to see the characters in their individual games was exciting to him.

We want him to actually experience these games in this lifetime...

Ah, nvm... he's already on reddit.

Well he had a good run, anyway.

Well, I think squirtle was in the middle, so there was another right and also a left choice.

They're actually thinking about starting production on the N64 again. It won't be a gaming system this time, though. The military plans on using the product as projectiles when they siege enemy strongholds

5/7

He should wait until Half-Life 2: Episode 3 is included with it...

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Hello uncle u/Lontar47

Funny thing is it doesn't matter. If you expose a kid to "a game is a game" then they'll play it if it's fun. My son has a 2DS, I have every major system (for a few generations) besides PS4 and if it's fun it's fun.

Sometimes we play Skylanders / lego / Mario / Minecraft, sometimes we play Team Fortress 2 and Gary's mod, sometimes we play Combat or missile command on Atari 2600.

The trick is to not instill a Stigma into any game or system (or company), and then they'll play whatever's there so long as it's fun.

I can't imagine what seeing all that for the first time at the same time feels like. That's an incredible thing you did, man. Keep it up!

w/ rice?

"I'm sorry honey, we HAVE to home school Billy. At least until he beats Shadow of Colossus on the PS2."

I wouldn't go so far as to give it a perfect score.

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Yup. I was watching a stream of a guy playing FFV for the first time and he was flying all around the world map trying to find out where to go next. "The land under the crescent, wtf does that MEAN?"

I miss the days when games were more dependent on design for immersiveness, and didn't just lean on fancy graphics.

Ha! That was a great read, thank you.

The only right choice.

Am I in the minority in thinking this is kinda bullshit?

I really really enjoy videogames. The new ones kick ass. I wouldn't want anyone to rob me of that experience because they want me to play some old games because they did.

It's like not letting your kid watch any movies released after 2000 just because.

So basically the Wii of the 80s.

I totally forgot about that green book!

I know I had one.

Congrats, OP. You've ensured one less whiny nitpicky gamer enters this world.

You mentioned Pokémon, which is an essential, of course. But if you don't mind me asking, what other games is he taking interest in? I always find it interesting to hear about the next generation of kids' first impression of some of the games I enjoyed as a kid.

Duck hunt was purely a novelty game. Only fun for like 15 minutes before you switch back to Mario...

Now if only there was some sort of mechanism that would allow us to launch a 90kg N64 upwards of 300 meters.

FFS man. I enjoy this joke in almost every thread but God damn.

What a terrible fucking idea. So many beautiful modern games.

Nah the stairs would be broken.

This entire thread is /sub/lewronggeneration material. Basically all the top comments are people just talking about how the older generations of video games were the best. No they weren't. With Pokémon r/b/y, it's so buggy you can literally program other games inside of it.

Problem with this is when they start going to school and other kids talk about new systems and games. My son has an Xbox one but he also plays NES, SNES, N64 and GameCube through emulators on my PC. If there is anything I've learned raising two kids: given the choice, your kid will choose to play the games that excite you. Ever since using my emulator, he hardly touches his XB1. He's currently playing Super Mario 64.

it only has the first Portal

This is hilarious because a) it's exactly what I do. I went through a cringey Skyrim phase in like 2015. And everyone just shook their heads as I went around making fus-roh-dah and arrow to the knee jokes, but on the plus side, I got the legendary edition for like, $25.

And b) my wife and I literally just put in the orange box again like two days ago. She's in there playing Portal as I type this. And holy crap, Half Life 2 is still one of the coolest games ever made. Just played last night for the first time in years and it was incredible.

"How to win at Nintendo games 4". I'm sure this series was a staple at many a scholastic book fair.

So what Pokemon did he choose?

Sounds like torture.

I hope this joke never dies.

In mythology, didn't people used to abandon ugly babies to trolls?

sorry dude I'm sure you're not ugly

That actually strengthens the gameboy...

Why the fuck would anyone want to play E.T. though

"why did it start over? I thought I saved it!"

"oh, see it takes five minutes to save and you can only save from certain locations. And there's only one save file"

"this shit sucks"

I threw my brick Gameboy at a wall because I couldn't get passed a level of Mario... The Gameboy put a hole in the wall and still worked.

Definitely, even platformers back in the day required a ton of trial and error. But adventure games nowadays provide you with a giant blinking waypoint telling you where to go or what to interact with. This is fine, and games that use this aren't bad but it makes traveling around the map and looking for objects pretty meaningless because you already know what you're doing and what you're looking for.

This is why the Dark Souls games were such a refreshing experience for me. Playing through those games makes me feel like I'm actually lost on an adventure, and I'm more inclined to ask around NPCs for hints or clues as to what the hell I should be doing. No waypoints challenges the player to actually memorize the map and think about where they have/haven't explored before.

How many dull pictures of old consoles must this sub go through before we call it a day??

Tried this with my kids. They just wanted to watch YouTube on them.

Break your arms and ask your mom. She'll handle the rest.

But actually it was a story in an askreddit I think where some kid had broken his arms and was lashing out at his parents cuz he was frustrated he couldn't jerk it anymore. His parents noticed and came to an agreement where the mother would jerk the kid off

Don't do it. Instead, how about i come round to yours and i pretend to be your child. We can go through the ages of a baby through to adult in chronological order, it will be new for you and nostalgic for me. We might play some games too if we have time.

This is actually my approach as well... I'd buy a high end system but don't really have the time to play new games, and there's so many older ones I wanna get through already....

Unless you put it in the dock

Were you born in le wrong generation?

http://imgur.com/WVZ91Pj

Hey man I took decent care of my stuff... I threw controllers like a normal kid... I never chewed in frustration!

Hey man I took decent care of my stuff... I threw controllers like a normal kid... I never chewed in frustration!

Ahh this brings me back to The Legend of Zelda. I remember I actually sat down and drew a grid of the world map so I could stay oriented. No internet for me back then.

Hey but there is no better way to play Mario kart than with a Wii wheel

Did you read it? He is playing new games, just not the big name amazing graphics ones, he's playing smaller name games with basic graphics but high difficulty, its kind interesting.

This gameboy survived a bombing during the Persian Gulf war. Those things were built tough.

survived a bombing during the Persian Gulf war. Those things were built tough.

Military grade industrial trebuchet.

My nephew got a PS4 and only uses it to watch people play Minecraft on YouTube. He doesn't even like the actual game.

Every. Fucking. Thread.

I'm sorry, but its so much less gross if the dad did it.

If the kid is straight, and I assume his mum is, it's disturbing and sexual and gross.

But if his dad did it, then it's just a bloke helping another bloke out, as many mates would do if their buddy was in that situation. Entirely 100% non-sexual

That sounds like some form of abuse.

It our duty.

Maybe he was just using these games as an introduction? He never said anywhere that this is all the kid would ever play or that this is even his first exposure to video games

Sorry it's 2017

What would you've done if he picked Bulbasaur? Disowned him? That's what I would've done.

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That's pretty fucked up!

I am kind of jealous towards him right now

Oh man, this is an embarrassing realization that I may be one of the few who bit my controller cords out of frustration. I'll just show myself the door.

I want to keep believing it's just around the corner

It's a treasure trove! Those Nintendo controller cords don't look legit thoe...where are the child size bite marks on them?

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I imagine very few games combine dramatic stortelling, chilling and unique ambience and design, rock solid sci-fi action, and world and physics based puzzles as well as half life two does. That game was and is foundational to my sense of creativity and story-telling. If that's your kind of thing, definitely give it a go.

Realistically, it wouldn't work because he/she would go to their buddies house and play their new Xbox and then it was all for nothing.

I bet that's unbelievably frustrating

I think you have him wrong. He is saying that the older consoles are too dated for many kids to enjoy. He isn't saying they are better, he is saying the current generation of games have so much better quality that Atari often doesn't stand much of chance.

Imagine if you could give a child the systems in order of release, but over a shorter timeline, letting them choose favorites for each one, experiencing what it was like to play them when they were the ones to have. Work them up to modern systems. The money you'd save. The fun they'd gain.

Might be kinda' like The Village, though... if they went over to a friend's house and saw a PS4, or something.

My sister did it to me. She started me with a SNES while it was the PS2 era. When I beat or played all of the SNES games she owned, she passed me down a GameCube and I got to use the computer in the early days of MMORPGs. Then the PS1, then the PS2. Then I got to play the PS3 by the time the PS4 was in early development. Then I got a PS4.

Playing things in order really make you appreciate what each thing did for the next.

I chose charmander

No ragrets

And at this point he's caught up to the present, so his dad is fine with him playing bigger titles-- it's just that, it turns out, by focusing on older games for the first few years of his gaming life, the kid has a wider appreciation of different kinds of games/ aesthetics than other kids his age.

raising kids

little brother

Not the same at all

Yeah, if everyone lived their life like that we would never develop any new technology

Being a gamer means you like playing games. It's not an identity you have to earn. This isn't the playground.

Your last paragraph is so true. I opened up all my old systems when my son turned 7. He likes playing modern games the most, but has no qualms about playing older systems. He usually watches me play games for a bit before getting into them. He didn't like A Link to the Past until I played it several times and now he loves it.