Family Bonding Through Video Games - Part 1
During 2015, my daughter and I embarked on a quest. It wasn’t a planned quest. It just kind of evolved as we went from one weekend to the next. The result was that we ended up bonding over several video games. I’ve always enjoyed playing games, but over the past few years I’ve realized that I don’t enjoy playing by myself and I don’t enjoy playing with others unless they are sitting right beside me. I’ve also realized that my daughter is, for the most part, the same way.
There are a few reasons that this discovery is important to me. First, it reaffirms my belief that games are a great way for children to bond with the adults in their lives. This is the whole reason that Mantis Digital Arts creates games. Second, it gives me and my daughter something new to talk about. She gets excited when funny, crazy, or interesting things happen in video games. She also enjoys both competitive and cooperative games– digital or board/card games. Finally, it lets me see how she reacts in many different types of situations – stressful, excited, sad, under pressure, etc….
With all of that said, I thought it would be interesting to share the list of games that we played together during 2015. For each game, I’ve shared a bit about the game, the platforms where the game can be found, and the reasons why we enjoyed playing them. The list will be spread across four or five posts in order to keep it manageable and not a chore to read.
On to the games …
My goal is to inspire you to grab one of these games, sit down with one (or more) of the kids in your life, and have fun spending time with them. If you play one or more of these games and want to share what you and your kids thought, send me a quick message on Twitter, Facebook, or via email. For the next post, I’ll focus on four puzzle games that we enjoyed on Xbox, Playstation Vita, and the Amazon FireTV.
Thanks for reading!