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Posted: Oct 19th 2011 4:07PM Knoxrun said

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Sounds like a good column, not a topic you hear too often about. I wish our family nights included MMOs...

Posted: Oct 19th 2011 4:29PM Chiren said

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MMOs are not good for family lol.

Go camping or something - don't just sit around in the house getting fat eating microwaved food. They are fun, and I play them - but there is little productive of creative about them that isn't vastly superceded by a more traditional "out-of-the-house" activity.

Have your kids work with real paint, not digital paint. Have your them ride real horses, not fake ones.

Everyone should watch this video when they think about MMO Family Night: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B-cBRhXEyX4&feature=related

Posted: Oct 19th 2011 5:35PM real65rcncom said

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@Chiren
social gaming is the future in one form of mmo or another.

I used to worry about how I would handle my kid's curiosity about mmos/gaming when they were infants because I knew eventually they'd see me playing and want to try.

Instead of saying "Hur Durr.. mmos are bad/evil!" I checked out games and let them play Wizard 101. To watch a kid run around and actually play completely blissfully ignorant of the morons lurking around on the other end of toons on the screen is quite refreshing.

Since I'm in the same room with her (usually reading) I can see everything that goes on. And since I'm a vet mmoer, I know what to look for unlike parents who don't game.


I'd never let my kids play WoW for a long time.
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Posted: Oct 19th 2011 5:37PM Dunraven said

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@Chiren Oh please that has to be the most ignorant asinine thing I have ever heard. I grew up in a gaming family, both of my parents and my Older sister, none of us are fat nor do we eat microwave food.....my Father at 48 still competes in Category 3 cycling in fact.

You can have family game night that includes MMOs and still participate in all those other activities so please stop making it an "either or" stereotype and please stop sounding like you're carrying water for Jack Thompson.

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Posted: Oct 20th 2011 4:14PM Borick said

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@Chiren Having WoW night once per week doesn't stop my kid from living her life. Not every family bonding experience needs to be an outdoor adventure.

When I grew up we had games with dice, maps, virtual currency, icons and social interaction. Monopoly, Uno, AD&D... sedentary family gaming has been around a lot longer than video games. We tend to think of the online social gaming phenomenon as something new, but it seems to me that this is just people taking advantage of a novel environment to bond as they always have.
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Posted: Oct 20th 2011 4:21PM Borick said

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@Borick (I should add) ...while being exploited at the same time. Again, as they always have.
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Posted: Oct 19th 2011 5:29PM real65rcncom said

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You forgot cost.

They are so cheap forms of entertainment for families these days. You could just sub an entire family to Wizard 101 and have a ball.

I actually (finally) let my nine year old play Wizard, but she's not allowed to chat to people but I did show her how to use the Chat bubble thingy.

Not that it matters, she simply ignores everyone else in the game while playing happily running on her way; kind of neat to see someone play a mmo and not worry about the usual garbage we meet in mmos (gankers, trolls, asshats, etc)

Posted: Oct 19th 2011 5:38PM The Grand Nagus said

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http://piratesonline.com/

Pirates of the Caribbean Online is a great family game because you can all join a crew and sail around on the same ship. One person can steer and other people can fire canons.

Posted: Oct 19th 2011 6:43PM Joshinu said

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I'm curious to see how games like the new Neverwinter title will affect the family gaming scene. I know a D&D style dungeon game probably isn't so suitable to young children but a game where a set number of people play together and can build their own instance and run through it all has an infinite number of applications for learning, interacting with others, spending time with family and creativity.

I mean imagine saying to your kids "now who's map pack do we want to play tonight?" I still think that family activities shouldn't solely involve gaming but if done correctly, it could spill over into real world activities that relate to it. How many of us, as kids, ran around as our favorite super hero or made up character? Now they can play their character in their make believe world in a computer and go outside and, essentially, LARP the same thing or build forts and such. I think it would be a really cool idea to tie in a game with real world activities.

Posted: Oct 20th 2011 5:40AM Teknogrebo said

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Thanks for resurrecting this column. I look forward to seeing what discussions are raised on the topic in the future.

Posted: Oct 20th 2011 11:49AM Briarios said

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I will be very interested to follow this column as well. My whole family (includes 2 teenagers) play EQ2 together (and to the nay-sayers.. I do also make them go outside some each day, we camp together regularly, and do other creative things together).
- how do they have time? they gave up television for all this! years ago!
(talk about a worse time-waster...)

I will be interested to read more and see other pros of gaming together (and cons to avoid) from other readers.

Briarios in EQ2x

Posted: Oct 20th 2011 4:26PM FaerliSayne said

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As an expectant mom, this article really caught my attention. I look forward to following this column.

Posted: Oct 26th 2011 12:41PM Alitype said

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One thing I like about some of the family friendly MMO games is they allow me a chance to do something with my nephews despite the fact they live halfway across the country.

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