February 25, 2011

Kids And Old Arcade Games

I’ve already espoused on the greatness of GeekDad at Wired.com. This article about an exhibit of older arcade games and why kids should learn about them continues to prove that I am right.

Despite being sometimes graphically challenged, a lot of older video games are better for kids than the new ones. First of all, they’re easier to understand. Pac-Man? You move in four directions. There are also a lot of hidden gems, such as the Capcom Classics Collection Volume 2, which has games like Captain Commando, a side-scrolling fighter with great characters, including a baby in a mecha robot suit. When he does his special attack he says “Baby Head.”

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All of the games in the Capcom Classics Collection Volume 2 disc were originally arcade games, meaning that you can continue if you keep feeding the machine quarters. But with the PS2 or XBox versions, you don’t need quarters. You can just keep on playing. Kids like that because they can just dive in, shoot, punch, kick, and not worry about the game ending in four seconds.

The exhibit sounds fun. If you can’t make it, and you want to try out some fun older games with your kids, try the Capcom Classics Collection Volume 2 and its other versions. These kids today need to know that things weren’t so bad back in the day.

The Arcade Experience at eGame Revolution | GeekDad | Wired.com.

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