the true question is, is the child capable of actually playing video games? Seriously, my 5 years old cousin sucks so bad at playing it just makes me furious when I have to "play" with him. I prefer doing something not video-game related. I also think it's better for the kid.
@Pedro: That's because you didn't introduce your cousin to gaming at an early age! My sister completed Super Mario Bros when she was 4. She's now 12 and playing Final Fantasy, Kingdom Hearts, Kirby and Zelda, to name a few.
i agree with Pedro "playing video games" for a 5yo today is different. it's different vs playing for "older kids/adults" and it's different from when we were five.
In the 8 bit age games were simple. you could play Super Mario Bros. it's a simple game, there are only two buttons and it's VERY responsive. Nowadays games are too complex for kids even the most simple ones. I love SMGalaxy but I couldn't give that to a kindergartener and expect anything interesting to happen and that's a VERY forgiving game in some parts death/fail wise.
Nowadays a young kid playing games is different from an adult. Take for instance the whole LBP choice. For a bigger kid the game works because the platforming is simple and forgiving. For the smaller kids they're more apt to dick around. I did once show LBP to a young girl and she would never have finished the first level if I hadn't told her where to go, but she was content to run around and grab things. A good game for young kids will have a degree of fun that doesn't require progress. That's where Pac-Man works. it's fun even if you never get past that first board.
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