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Why kids aren't just playing kids' games anymore and what that means for developers

From GI.biz: "The key components of all games -- whether card games, board games, playground games or video games -- are universal: goals, rules, strategy, challenge and interaction.

What's even more interesting is that these components apply to all ages, which is one reason we have recently witnessed a glut of video games that were probably not designed with kids in mind but have, nonetheless, ended up becoming huge hits among that age group."

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BranWheatKillah55d ago

When were kids ever just playing "kids games?"

Seraphim54d ago

well, for the most part I'd say anything I was playing as a kid on Atari 2600 and NES were kids games; in part probably because gaming was relatively new. There were no adult games like today; though there are some exceptions I'm sure. It wasn't until Mortal Kombats "Finish Him" animations with blood and gore along with the Ratings system that ensued because of the graphical violence. Even then. If I recall a vast majority of games on the SNES and Genesis weren't M. They were mostly games for any gamer. It wasn't until probably the PS/N64 era we started seeing more and more games geared toward adult gamers and rated M. As that young generation of gamers have grown so to have the boundaries about what's acceptable [to a degree] and the idea that games aren't just for kids.... 2 cents

BranWheatKillah54d ago

I assure you, there have been adult games as long as there have been games. Atari had porn games...

ravinash53d ago

I remember having a 286 running Dos that had strip poker.
Also had Police Story from Sierra had adult themes.
Now I'm just feeling old.

NotanotherReboot55d ago

Kids were playing GTA in the early 2000s. Kids were playing Mortal Kombat in the 90s

Kurt Russell54d ago

And Leisure Suite Larry in the 80's ;)

SickSinceSix55d ago (Edited 55d ago )

My nephew could turn on the PC, load up GTA III and always tuned to the same radio station when he hopped in a car, at the age of 3.

blacktiger54d ago

I watch porn when I was a kid. Talk about kids playing video games

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CrimsonWing6954d ago (Edited 54d ago )

I hate to break it to you, but I didn’t know a single adult that played Mortal Kombat on the Genesis when I was a kid. I think kids have always played games that weren’t “intended” for kids.

blacktiger54d ago

thats because kids back then were the starting point of age of era for VIDEO GAMES!

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