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Submitted by rnmartinez 1149d ago | article

Redesigning Games for Gamer Parents

Rodolfo from writes:
Gaming as a Parent ain't easy. Here are some features that game developers should consider to help gaming dad's like me enjoy their products the same way everyone else does. (Industry, PS3, Red Dead Redemption, Sam & Max 3.1 – The Penal Zone, The Walking Dead: Episode 1 "A New Day")

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OneAboveAll  +   1149d ago
I'm a parent and I don't need any of the things on that last.

Time management, learn to use it.
rnmartinez  +   1149d ago
Well it's good to hear that you have a method to keep gaming. This may not be for you, but I don't think I'm the only one who would use these.
ShaunCameron  +   1149d ago
3) Super Easy Mode


Some games actually have that such as Uncharted 2 and Bayonetta. But overall, regular Easy mode suffices.
rnmartinez  +   1149d ago
Yeah true usualy easy or even normal is enough, I just hate that most games cant be platinumed without at least 2 playthroughs
Axonometri  +   1149d ago
Two play-throughs? Man, I can't even get my fingers on the dang controller or keyboard before something happens most the time. What the double hockey sticks you talking bout' Martinez? TWO playthroughs and your Bitchin'? Sheesh.

Shouldn't we all just be happy for the precious time we are given to play games in our short lives. Even if it is only 30 seconds some days.
rnmartinez  +   1147d ago
I haven't actually managed 2 play throughs or to Platinum any game LOL - just saying it needs 2 which sucks
aLucidMind  +   1149d ago
All of these suggestions can be easily countered with "manage your time better". It is very easy to be able to raise your child right without sacrificing their happiness, their health, or what you enjoy.

One day, your wife does everything while you game all day. Another day in the week, the role is reversed; you do everything while she games all day or does whatever she wishes. On a weekend, have the child stay at a friend's all day for a sleep-over so you and the wife can game and do 'other things' all day. Or catch up on house work if needed.

We all have to grow up some day, but nobody who knows how to actually plan and manage their time would have any problem figuring out how to be more responsible without sacrificing a hobby they love.
Axonometri  +   1149d ago
Yeah, seems like sound advice.

Or. Try managing all that and then throw in an Autistic kindergartener, a 4 yr old torn apart by divorce and constantly punishing you for being naughty, an 8 yr old who comes home and thinks he has to be you... and topping it all off, every free gaming moment gets squeezed out by your ex-wife trying to find any way possible to prove you are a psychopath, a sociopath and or any other path you can think of and taking you back to court claiming you are doing all the things she has been doing to you.

I feel for whoever might be going through something that awful. Man I could of been playing a game just now.. Darn it!
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jghvhv  +   1149d ago
Your comment has made me scared of women and children.
rnmartinez  +   1147d ago
That is good advice, but I really try to spend as much time as I can with the kids. I really don't like leaving them with anyone, so I try and sneak in gaming after they go to bed, or we try and play Wii together.

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