Platform Nation’s “A Simple Question” – 6/9/10

Let’s get right to business: I have a daughter who’s turning 1 next week, and, being my first child, I have actively thought about the following question:

At what age is it appropriate for children to start playing video games?

Experts will say a variety of things, and many parents who are non-gamers have their own opinion, but I am curious as to what the readers at Platform Nation think.’s response: “Different people have different opinions about when children can start playing video games.  However, research has show that young children who play video games for more than 2 hours a day tend to be more impulsive, hyperactive, and reactive.” – A wonderfully ambiguous answer that doesn’t answer the question.  I hope you all can do better. I’m looking for a number here 🙂

My response to last week’s ASQ: Do you prefer more story or more action in your action RPG?  For an appropriate gaming comparison, do you prefer Mass Effect, or Borderlands?

Knowing that it’s an action RPG – I would always expect quality story and character development from the RPG side of things, even if that means slowing the pace down a bit. There’s plenty of action games out there for me to get my fix of blowing stuff up endlessly if needed.

A Simple Question (ASQ) is a weekly segment for Platform Nation.  Each week, you’ll be posed a question.  These may be topical, funny, insightful, or just plain strange, and we want to hear from you.  Give a response and let the world know what you think.  There is no right or wrong answer here.  I will post my response on Friday in this post, and repost it next week. You’ll also see ChaCha’s response to the question each week.  If you have a suggestion for a question, hit me up on twitter @vttym.

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  • I would say any age that they are able to, BUT I would only allow it if they got plenty of other activities in as well. Reading, playing outside, and socializing would come first! Also, the game would have to be age appropriate! (No COD for a 5 year old…)

  • Playing video games, I don’t think I will allow my child to do so before 6 or 7. There’s just so many other things they can and should be doing.

    On a side note, I plan on having them grow up through the video game systems I own too (start on the Atari 2600, and work up 🙂 ). Give them a full appreciation for where we are today.

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