Cassie purchased for me Guitar Hero: Metallica for our anniversary.
I have not played it nearly as much as my 6 year old son, Alex.
Is it for lack of enjoyment?
It’s because the damn game has a ‘beginner’ mode, which let’s someone play the songs while only strumming, not having to use the keys on the neck!
When a note comes, it’s a rainbow hue, stretching across the frets. So one only needs to have the rhythm to strum at the right moment.
Game developers, pay attention to this, please, if you desire money.
If you don’t like money, then ignore it as you wish.
Game reviewers, you might also want to pay attention. Those games you review? Most of the people that read your reviews and have money to blow on games have kids, and like to share their video game obsession with them
So here’s the deal.
Guitar Hero: Metallica has just shot to the ‘most favorite game in the house’ status, based on the fact that I can play this with my 6 year old. I will play this game bunches. He is playing it, on songs like ‘No Leaf Clover’, ‘Nothing Else Matters’ and ‘Welcome Home (Sanitarium)’, and he is rocking it, his head is all into it at the beat, he’s focused and he is freaking lovin’ it.
Game Developers, the fact that this game not only has regular modes for us regular gamers, but also includes a mode, an incredibly basic mode, that my 6 year old can enjoy is pure genius. I would have bought this game based purely on knowing this fact, if it had been, you know, advertised or on a review. If you include kid friendly modes on the games we adults want, we will come.
I will look for future games that have a young child friendly mode, and if I find any of them out there I think would be neat, I WILL buy them too. Because it will be something I can share with my son, that isn’t f’ing Dora the Explorer in horrible shit art that looks like a smurf took a crap on a keyboard and foisted it on small kids because they aren’t selling a quality game, they’re selling a brand they know parents will recognise.
Guess what I don’t buy? I don’t buy crap games for Alex. I rent a Dora game from Blockbuster, see it’s crap and an insult to my son, and pass on by.
The Go Diego Go game for the Wii using the motion controls was a quality game, though, credit where credit is due. They did a real nice job there. It was just so linear and short that my son beat it, at the age of five, in 1.5 hours. And looked at me, and said he didn’t really ever feel the need to play it again. Ever. Too short, too simple.
You take $50 for a game a 5 year old beats in 1.5 hours, and has no replayability? I don’t care how nice a job you did mapping the controls, I’d like to smack you.
Game Reviewers? Yeah, this part is for you.
Remember where I mentioned who buys games? Who has the cash? And what those folks have… kids?
Yeah, we browse your site reading your reviews, giving you pagehits in exchange for info to help us make an informed purchase.
We know about FPS, RPGs, MMORPGs, tactical shooters, Sims, etc.
We don’t know shit about ‘kid’s games’. Games targeted at kids.
All we know is, we like games, we LOVE games, and we want our children to experience that same joy, that same wonder, that same ‘this is so freaking cool’ that we got playing video games as kids.
If you review a game, and you include just one single paragraph in each review telling us if there is any possibility that my son could play this in any mode or setting and enjoy it, I will bookmark your site and come back time after time, just to see if a game *I* am interested in has any appeal I can share with my son… an appeal where he DOES it himself, not just has to sit and watch me do it.
If you write reviews and don’t have kids… protip, they want to do it themselves. They don’t want adults to do it for them, or just watch adults do it. That’s boring.
My son watches me play WoW. He sees me fish, or mine, or herb, and says “Daddy, i can do that, can I try?”
He wants to have fun, not watch!
Make your game, rock on, make it good. But if you add a mode or capability for the primary owner/player to play it WITH their children, even their SMALL children… your game will pass from mild diversion to family favorite.
Yes, even Guitar Hero: Metallica.
I cannot even begin to imagine the success a Guitar Hero or other game using the guitar would have if it had reasonable music and a Beginner mode, targeted not at what idiots like McDonalds and Disney marketing thinks kids music should be, but what kids think kids music should be; light and fun and fast and boppy.
Man, you should see Alex rocking to ‘No Leaf Clover’.
He wants to try ‘Battery’ next.
I’m… I’m so proud.
Oh, and good lord, they included Bob Segar’s ‘Turn the Page’ on here. Is that awesome or what?
My son could be playing guitar for ‘Turn the Page’. Is that the shit or what?
Only way it could be better is if they included Blue Öyster Cult. /swoon.
Reviewers? I’m dead serious. I’ve been to your sites, your idea of kids games and reviews for them is a joke. That’s why you don’t get my traffic anymore. I can make up my own mind about what I’m interested in, it’s trying to figure out if my son would like something that sends me to a review site.
Word to the wise, you want my money? Make what the demographic with the money wants… and we want more ways to have COOL fun while interacting with our children.
This game and Paper Mario – sure genius.