Family Bonding Through Video Games - Part 4
Hello and welcome back!
If you’re not familiar with the purpose of this post or would like to review the games that I’ve talked about earlier, then feel free to jump over to my first post in the series and my last post about games with connected toys. For this post, I’ll be focusing primarily on World of Warcraft; however, many of my comments will be relevant to any massively multiplayer online roleplaying game (MMORPG).
I have been playing World of Warcraft since it’s initial release in 2004. In fact, I was first introduced to the Warcraft series of games with Warcraft: Orcs & Humans when it was released in 1994. I continued my adventures while playing through the subsequent releases of Warcraft II and Warcraft III. All three of these games were actually real time strategy games rather than roleplaying games.
My daughter gained experience with World of Warcraft as a baby. She would sleep in my lap while I played. As she got older, she would sit and watch while I played and, eventually, she started playing herself. Last year was when she really started becoming interested in doing anything other than just running around. She started getting interested in the quests that the various characters have for you around the fictional world of Azeroth, how you interact with the millions of other players who are also playing, and how you go about upgrading your character to become more powerful. Now, we can play together either with her sitting in my lap while she or I play our characters or in a group on two separate computers controlling our own characters.
World of Warcraft (and other games like it) provide many opportunities for learning while playing. It also is a great way for families to bond as it combines strong storytelling with the ability to grow your character and play with others in a constantly changing digital world. For this post, I want to focus primarily on how families can play together. Some of the educational opportunities will be discussed as well.
On to the World of Warcraft…
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 be writing about Diablo III, Battlefront, and Hyrule Warriors
Thanks for reading!