>buy my brother a Gameboy Advance SP for his 6th birthday
>Buy him Klonoa, Mario, Fire Emblem, and Pokemon
>He plays each game sucking terribly dying to the first enemy multiple times(except for pokemon and fire emblem where he couldn't)
>Even after like 20 minutes he still can't even beat the first mario level
>Just gives up and goes back to playing games on my old ipod touch
The future of gaming is dead...
>tfw trying to find a non-scratched to shit backlit SP model for a decent price
I just wanna feel that d-pad again. ;_;
I did, I showed him which buttons do what and I read anything for him that he had troubles. Hell I ran him through the first Mario level like 4 times and even broke it down into little sections for him.
I have an original North American print. I thought that shit was amazing, and had the best D-pad I have ever seen in a controller.
....then I used my friend's backlit model.....
>6 years old
>Expect him to instantly like something from before he was born
>Expect him to understand how to instantly play games he hasn't seen or played before
>AT AGE SIX
Your the reason the future of gaming is dead, no six year old is going to appreciate or be some god gamer at any video game from before 2006 fucking idiot
>Inb4 I fully and clearly remember every thing I did when I was six every single day and beat Super Ghosts and Ghouls in One try and was watching documentations about WWI and other related bullshit
My little brother downloaded the original Sonic games on his phone after playing Transformed with me and is playing through those. He also has Wonderful 101 and likes it because it's challening.
Maybe yours should git gud, faggot.
I didn't beat anything like super ghost and ghouls but I was at least able to do decent in super mario bros. And I got my gameboy at age 4 and did just fine with it then(although I only had pokemon until I was 5 then I got more stuff)
And he does like the games, after he gave up playing he sat there watching me play through a few levels in Klonoa and he was really excited about it. But then I give him a turn and he still sucks
Step it up, senpai.
Still, it's actually pretty depressing how amazing you can be at videogames at such a young age if you give a shit. Whenever I joined a random server in
Call of Duty 4or Counter-Strike at the age of 12, I would always get at least double the k/d of the person in second place. Never gave enough of a shit to go competitive, but whatever. Used to play a bunch of shit like STALKER (my brother really liked Russian culture for some reason) and the like on the hardest difficulty possible just cause.
I know, man.
>snow day at school
>spend all day playing STALKER
>comfy as fuck
>look around for a second
>fucking die cause I had 10% health left from a fire fight and had no medkits
It was hard as hell, and I saved often because of how often you can die from stupid shit, but that was the life right there. I tried booting STALKER back up the other day and couldn't live long enough to get any shit done. Closed the game an hour later (since I couldn't get past the first few missions) and resigned myself to the fact that I suck at video games now.
At least I'm pretty OK at fitans. That's something that a kid can't help but button-mash most of the time, so I am glad that I got into them now.
Aren't the Klonoa GBA games more like "puzzle platformers" compared to the console games?
I'm more impressed that he got his hands on a Klonoa game in the first place, unless the GBA games are a lot easier to find than the other ones.
>buying people old shit for their birthday
>buying a 6 year old something like that instead of something like lego the movie game on whatever console you have already to play co-op with the few times they'll feel like it
I can't afford new stuff
I bought him a gamecube and a few games for christmas, same thing happened. But I just assumed he never got practice since the TV is always taken by another family member.
He did pretty decent at Double Dash
>getting the last cart in DD
I think this is the true test of video game aptitude. If you have the patience, memory, and skill to do this, then you probably have the tools necessary to beat any game.
GBA Klonoa games, at least where I am, tend to be easier to find than the PS1 original or the PS2 sequel. Shame they never localized the GBA ARPG.
To be honest, I don't think a six year old would be ready for Fire Emblem. Pokemon I could see him easily having fun with. Maybe one of the Kirby games would have been better. That said, if he's used to just playing iPorts and mobile games, I doubt he's going to see much point in that anytime soon.
>buying people old shit for their birthday
Maybe it's just me, but I don't mind that sort of thing. Especially if it's a game I'd been looking for but couldn't find on my own.
What you're missing is he's SIX YEARS OLD. No matter WHAT you buy him he will lose interest immediately. You're dealing with a LITERAL toddler, someone who is barely capable of reading basic stuff, barely capable of writing, can't handle sustaining themselves when trying to talk to someone (they get distracted or slip around on their words and stutter a lot and then go off on tangeants), only learned to walk a handful of years prior, and so on.
I'm not sure why you think buying something like a gameboy would be good. Someone 6 years old should be bought crayons and a fucking coloring book, a t-shirt with a cartoon character on it, candy, a toy, etc. Not a video game console - handheld or not. They can keep more interested in things like an ipod touch or those leappad things because there is so much to do on them.
A gameboy is way too complicated for someone that can't even sit in a car without a car seat safely, and kids are supposed to be in those till they are 8+.
I remember it took something longer than an hour to fucking get the gold kart, not sure how long it would take to get everything. I should look up a speedrun or something.
They enjoy both from what I've seen with my nieces and nephews and the kids at my sister-in-law's work (teacher).
It's weird nowadays, but it's a mix of shit like that and shit kids liked in our generation minus pogs.
When my daughter hits 16 she's gonna be a nun
>have him 6
>get him playing little big planet
>move him later into super mario sunshine and possibly luigi's mansion
>later get him playing super mario 64, metroid prime (will be hard, play it with him)
>from there move into games like prince of persia, older rpgs if he likes those, spyrolikes, possibly an introductory fighter game like soul calibur
>get him playing smash bros melee with you and with his friends
>if he was 5-6 at the start, he would be around 9 by now, they need time for their dexterity to develop for harder games
There you go, I've made you the perfect little gaming bro.
this is what I did for mine, he's 9 and I love him to bits
I think there's a fan forum working on a translation, but progress is slow (I would assume that it would be difficult anyways).
I don't think that it would have had that much success outside of Japan in the first place.
Shit man, that was one of the first games I really got around to enjoying. Make sure he's played all three of the PS1 entries in the series if he hasn't yet.
Good on you, sounds like you've been trying (and succeeding) to give him and his friends some taste in games. Hope he doesn't turn out to be a little shit like most siblings.
Also, it's really good fun and something he'll remember if you play monster hunter with him when he's young (you control the camera, he swings the sword or whatever). Mine still remembers it to this day, even though he was only like 4 years old. This depends on if he sees you playing it and thinks it looks cool and/or wants to play.
The sad thing is that as far as I know, the GBA is rather hard to code a text translation for; something about character and line limits, or something. As such, there haven't been all that many completed patches (main ones that come to mind being Mother 3, Boktai 3, Fire Emblem 6, DQ: Caravan Heart, Oriental Blue, and SRW J; maybe a few others). A lot of times it seems like people just give up on it. I know the Rocket SLime GBA patch hasn't made any progress in years.
>expecting kids nowadays to not be shit at videogames
>expecting this from kids who only play on tabs and shit
I had this son of a bitch when I was 10 and it made me good at gaming but bad at socializing.
>even letting your child play video games
you know the horrors (autists, gays, traps, weebs, pedos, furries, feminazis, traps, jews, russians, BRs, fedoras) around video games and you still let him?
Yeah, I really hope so. I've moved out since then (I'm almost 21 now, where he just turned 9 a couple months ago), so I can't really help guide him. He went through a minecraft phase which is fair, but I hope I've at least given him some sense of good games. I got him a couple emulators on a computer before I left, so I hope he's touched them. I know that getting the PS3 controller to work sometimes took some fiddling.
Oh he's nowhere near good at it. But it's not that hard of a game at first. Figured it'd be a great game that didn't require much motor skills, same reason I got pokemon.
I'm going to try and buy him a few other games and hope he can get a grip on at least one of them. Going to try Tetris, Mario Kart(since he decent with double dash), and maybe one of the Final Fantasy ports. He can read pretty well so I'm not too worried about that.
3 years old I got based Reader Rabbit. I was reading on like a third grade level by the time I started school. For real, that shit works.
FUCK I need one.
I'm glad I got my brother into everything I like, he's very skilled now.
>daughter doesn't play games
>just watches me play and imitates them
>wants to be Sam from MGR when she grows up.
>tfw started reading at 2
>tfw read thousands of books up until the age of 15 when i got a qt gf,
lost virginity, and got friends
>tfw wasting my reading talents on anime these days
I have an old sidelit one somewhere. For the longest time I didn't even know that wasn't a true backlight; never minded it much at the time since I could at least see what I was playing without fighting glare, or plying at night.
Mainly just utilize my DS Lite's backwards compatibility for GBA games these days.
The earlier ones were sidelit.
Honestly surprised it took so long to get proper lighting for Nintendo handhelds out here. In Japan at least they'd been experimenting with gameboys with built in lights from fairly early on. They just never made it west.
I played a lot of Melee and AirRide with my little sister, started those when she was like 5 years old. Now she's 15 and has a 3DS, pretty much just plays Zelda, Pokemon, Kirby, the Mario RPGs and 64, and Animal Crossing.
I tried to get her to play WWHD but I feel like she gets frustrated too easily and she can't get the hang of sailing around and I can't imagine how she'd figure out where to go and she'd just get bored and go play something else. I mean she's nearly beaten LA, OoT3D, and ALBW but WindWaker is a pain. With the million other electronic things that kids can go do instead of being 'stuck' in some part of a game it's amazing they ever play them for more than a little while because god forbid they have to think about how to solve something for more than 5 minutes.
>started reading at age 3 because I fucking loved Jeopardy and it was quicker to read the clues than listen
>read all the time for ages
>takes me forever to get through any books now
>read the same page over and over and over without noticing
>10 year old cousin comes over
>Has a 3DS
>"Hey I could give her one of my Pokemon HeartGold Cartriges"
Don't ask why I have 2 of them
>Give game to her
>Doesn't know how to get out of her room at the beginning
>constantly asks questions about what she has to do next
She said it was cool though. I don't know if she has beaten it yet or not.
We also played Scribblenauts Unlimited with her Brother and sister which was incredibly fun
I can read pretty fast and without hiccups even though the last book I read was GoT back in 2012.
Only thing that's fucked up now is my grammar due to 4chan being post-quality lenient
gotta read the grammar ebooks i torrented sometime soon
but all this anime is distracting
I wish gaming would die so that this mainstream garbage would end, then we could start again without these interactive movies like Heavy Rain or Last of Us being the most popular stuff in the industry and Call of Duty controlling the market, things called "experiences" being marketed as games.
Someday games will return, someday.
Just went to check it out. This is a a screenshot of what the code looks like.
I never had problems with reading until about three years back. Could blow through a book a day, but since then I just have trouble keeping my thoughts straight in my head, or finishing a sentence or anything like that, so reading's anything heavier than 4chan is a bit of a tall order.
Still have a small collection of non-fiction I want to read sometime.
That's just kind of my default state of mind nowadays. Rare that I have a day where I'm not pulling a constant blank. Doctor says it's all psychological, so at least I don't have brain cancer or whatever.
Not real sure what that means, but it does look rather hard to work with.
I was more or less getting at text in particular being annoying to deal with. I recall Tomato saying he had to pretty much create something to get around how hard the translation was proving to implement without having to do a lot of trimming, and that even creating something like that took a lot of effort.
>mfw I haven't read a book 'for fun' in probably 8 years now
between sports and videogames, I just don't really care. It's not like 'oh my god I would never read a book!" or anything just "eh it's not nearly as enjoyable as my other free-time options."
I used to fucking love it. Was a great way to forget my problems for a while. Just tough to keep my mental ducks in a row anymore. Taken to watching tv shows on my PC as a replacement hobby. That and bowling.
not him, but I recently got back into reading myself and put off manga for a while
Read through all of Sigmund Freud's works. A bit overrated, but I really enjoyed The Interpretation of Dreams. It's books like that that just pull me in.
I have no idea what it is either. I would assume it has to do with translating.
You could check it out for yourself if you're interested. I don't want to fill this thread with off topic discussion.
Using emulators and controller-to-USB converters, the plan will be to play from the NES forward as follows:
>Age seven (7)
>Age nine (9)
Arcade games (I may have to build a working MAME cabinet.)
Text adventure games (Adventure, Zork, etc.)
>Age ten (10)
Early PC games (1980s-90s)
>Age eleven (12)
Xbox (I may have to dust off an actual Xbox)
Later PC games (1990s-2000s)
>Age thirteen (13)
PS3 (May need an actual PS3...)
Xbox 360 (...and an actual 360, if they haven't made emulators by the time I bear children. This should be a good twenty (20) years, though)
Less modern PC games (2000s-2010s)
After that, depending on the rate that consoles are released, I'll continue weaning them year after year. Also, the PC games will go along with the console generations, I guess.