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>> No. 21492 Anonymous
12th March 2016
Saturday 2:14 pm
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I've recently bought a desktop computer, after using laptops for just over a decade, which means it's time to properly introduce my kids to computer gaming.

However, I'm incredibly out of the loop with this sort of thing. Which games would you recommend for children aged 6 and 9? I assume the likes of Command & Conquer, Sim City, Civilization, Rollercoaster Tycoon, etc. are still going strong. I'm about to install Steam so I'll have a browse on that - most of my friends still into gaming are raving about Rocket League at the minute.
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>> No. 21493 Anonymous
12th March 2016
Saturday 2:25 pm
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>>21492
Sim City 2013 was balls, Cities Skylines is much better.

Stardew Valley might work, it's basically Harvest Moon with a lick of paint.

Also, to point out the obvious, Minecraft is big with the kids these days.
>> No. 21494 Anonymous
12th March 2016
Saturday 2:39 pm
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>>21493
>Minecraft

They've got it on their tablets. My son doesn't shut the fuck up about it and Stampy. Last thing my daughter showed me that she'd made was a rollercoaster which had as many minecarts as she could fit in as possible and each of them had a chicken in it, clucking away like a madbastard.

Are there any decent games along the lines of Lemmings/Worms these days?
>> No. 21495 Anonymous
12th March 2016
Saturday 5:41 pm
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>>21494
Angry birds seems to be a thing.
>> No. 21496 Anonymous
12th March 2016
Saturday 6:05 pm
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>>21495
I think we can assume that if they've got tablets, they've heard of Angry Birds.
>> No. 21497 Anonymous
12th March 2016
Saturday 8:05 pm
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>>21496
Well I dunno, I'm clutching at straws here.
>> No. 21498 Anonymous
12th March 2016
Saturday 8:08 pm
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I was playing Monkey Island™ when I was aged 6 and 9, and it's still definitely worth playing today. The telltale games series wasn't all that great, but the HD remakes of the first two games are excellent. The curse of monkey island is still a great game too, but needs a bit of jiggery, buggery and pokery to get it running on modern systems.
>> No. 21500 Anonymous
12th March 2016
Saturday 8:28 pm
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Never Alone is a couple years old now but its an absolutely cracking platformer with a nice co-op mode that follows a children's story from some Eskimo tribe (snow not sand). Spoiler: A dog is killed by some shaman about half war through so prepare yourself for that talk on death.

The Unfinished Swan is also pretty good.

>I assume the likes of Command & Conquer, Sim City, Civilization, Rollercoaster Tycoon, etc. are still going strong.

C&C sadly fell apart after Generals and for Rollercoaster Tycoon you should just pirate the original (along with theme hospital of course). You will be surprised though at how much kids can still enjoy the classics like Oddworld and Spyro, I gave my old playstation to my nephew a few years back and he is still working through all the games I had. Maybe see if you or one of your mates has their old stuff sitting in the attic.

I appreciate introducing your kids to Civilization, I credit it with turning me into a somewhat model citizen and spent ages reading into the the histories of all the units.
>> No. 21501 Anonymous
12th March 2016
Saturday 8:40 pm
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>>21500
>C&C sadly fell apart after Generals
I still don't understand what the fuck they were trying to do with that movable base, limited unit count shit in the later C&C games.
>Here's a popular play style that the entire franchise was built on, let's scrap it and do something entirely different!
>> No. 21502 Anonymous
12th March 2016
Saturday 11:03 pm
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>>21498
>needs a bit of jiggery, buggery and pokery to get it running on modern systems
I always smirk at this as the majority of games this refers to run perfectly fine on Windows XP, of which I only recently upgraded from.

But then again, I was still running Windows XP, so the joke's on me.
>> No. 21503 Anonymous
12th March 2016
Saturday 11:52 pm
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Also because I just used two prepositions.
>> No. 21504 Anonymous
13th March 2016
Sunday 3:29 am
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>>21492

>Command & Conquer
>Sim City

Please don't bring these up, the memories are painful and tragic. Electronic Arts fucking killed them.

There's a slew of new Rollercoaster Tycoon style games for release soon. Just google them. Alternatively Rollercoaster Tycoon 2 is still brilliant.

If you want to be Dad-like you could try getting them into old games generally. I played Doom when I was wee and using the splatter gun to gib the demons is something I look back on fondly. Don't get much like that in modern games.
>> No. 21505 Anonymous
13th March 2016
Sunday 5:17 am
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It might interest people to know that there's a new Myst game on the way.
>> No. 21506 Anonymous
13th March 2016
Sunday 8:28 pm
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>>21505

Thanks for mentioning, this sort of information always gets Myst.
>> No. 21507 Anonymous
13th March 2016
Sunday 8:45 pm
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Black and White is great fun. Even the not-so-great sequel.
>> No. 21508 Anonymous
13th March 2016
Sunday 9:32 pm
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>Which games would you recommend for children aged 6 and 9?

Lad, at that age they should be playing with pic related outdoors. There's plenty of time for them to become depressive loners later in life (I say this as a gamer myself).
>> No. 21509 Anonymous
13th March 2016
Sunday 9:59 pm
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>>21507
Oh wow yes, that is a good game for kids I think. OP's 9 year old should hopefully get a kick out of it, and also shit its pants if its name is one of the ones that it can whisper to you.
>> No. 21510 Anonymous
13th March 2016
Sunday 10:44 pm
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Dwarf Fortress it's always a good game to get into, at any age.

Most kids seem to be obsessed with Minecraft.
>> No. 21511 Anonymous
13th March 2016
Sunday 11:38 pm
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>>21510
>I don’t even see the code. All I see is dorf, cat, goblin...
>> No. 21512 Anonymous
14th March 2016
Monday 3:07 am
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>>21509
That freaked me the fuck out, I didn't understand why for years and years. I downloaded it just a few weeks ago and finished it all, spent hours teaching my creature all the cool miracles and stuff. It's a mix of sandbox with a bit of light purpose, enjoyable side missions and engages your curiosity to great extents. Wonderful stuff, such a shame they never took it to the next level. The guy who worked on their AI is now lead producer with Deepmind, the team that built AlphaGo by the way.
>> No. 21513 Anonymous
14th March 2016
Monday 9:25 am
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Spore might be worth a chuck. Obviously it was the biggest disappointment of the 21st century when it came out, but nowadays you'll be able to get it and its expansions for cheap, and it's perfect for kids that age. Fun creature creation which I know my brother spent hours on when he was 6-7, and the actual gameplay is babby's first hack'n'slash/RTS/Civ/4X depending on the game phase.

GOG has a lot of classics, as well as new games, for pretty cheap. So a lot of good point and click adventures if you reckon they'd be up for those? The Sam & Max games are all good, including the Telltale ones from a few years back. Simon The Sorcerer has a lot of very British humour. Toonstruck is good but quite dark, sort of Ren & Stimpy-ish if they're of an age to appreciate that?

When my brothers were that age, they played a lot of Garry's Mod and various train simulators, so that's worth considering. Though they are severely autistic so take that with a pinch of salt.
>> No. 21514 Anonymous
14th March 2016
Monday 6:43 pm
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>>21512
AI can't be that good, I could never get my monkey to eat, he just wasted away.
>> No. 21515 Anonymous
14th March 2016
Monday 8:34 pm
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Doom.
>> No. 21516 Anonymous
15th March 2016
Tuesday 4:38 am
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You just give it food and rub it's tummy. The Ai was good because it was imperfect, it seems reluctant to take direct orders, the Ai in black and white 2 was robotic by comparison. You can teach him all sorts of complex stuff if you do it right.
>> No. 21517 Anonymous
15th March 2016
Tuesday 5:21 am
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>>21516
>The Ai was good because it was imperfect
And it was those very imperfections that made it so endearing!

Get out of here Peter, you shouldn't be drinking on a Monday night.
>> No. 21518 Anonymous
15th March 2016
Tuesday 5:32 am
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>>21517
But it's true, did you play the game? Black and white 2 creature felt like a tool, the first one 's felt massively more real.
>> No. 21527 Anonymous
28th March 2016
Monday 3:53 pm
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OP here, I've picked up Ducktales: Remastered, Castle of Illusion and Sonic All-Stars Racing for them and Civ V for me. I was tempted by the Total War games, but decided against it.
>> No. 22034 Anonymous
11th November 2016
Friday 7:30 am
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OP again. They've spent most of the past 8/9 months obsessively playing Spore, Rollercoaster Tycoon and online zombie killing/tower defence games. As it's Christmas I thought I'd get some more for them. Anything decent in a similar vein? Something like Tropico or a clone of Theme Hospital?
>> No. 22036 Anonymous
11th November 2016
Friday 8:16 pm
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>>22034
> zombie killing/tower defence games.
For zombie killing I'd say get Killing Floor. Not Killing Floor 2 though. Tower Defense Dungeon Defenders (again, the first version, NOT Dungeon Defenders 2) DD is quite fun, you set out the tower defense and then when they mobs come you get to run out and kill them too. Same mechanic is used in Sanctum 2, which is good. never played Sanctum 1 so can't say whether it's good or bad.

All games I recommended are available for Linux as well as Windows.
>> No. 22037 Anonymous
11th November 2016
Friday 9:09 pm
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Your OP image reminds me, I got an xbox with rollercoast tycoon a couple of months ago and by god that game is addictive.

Theme Hospital is still stellar, I installed it on my laptop just a couple of weeks ago. The graphics haven't aged as much as most things from that time. Tropico 4 is by far the best, I would normally say the learning curve is high for 6-9 year olds but as you say they play rollercoaster tycoon and I probably underestimate their intelligence.

I want to recommend Black and White again. Great sandbox.

Might they be interested in a racing game? My little brother was obsessed with Burnout: Paradise (and myself obsessed with Burnout 3 Back In Day).

>>21527
>Total War
Why did you decide against it? I played the shit out of Medieval: Total War and Rome. I would suggest Rome or Medieval 2 as they're more relatable than the recent ones.
>> No. 22038 Anonymous
11th November 2016
Friday 9:36 pm
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I recently found this nifty thing
http://www.openra.net/
which lets you play Dune 2000, C&C and Red Alert. There looks like a lively multiplayer community although I haven't given it a go yet.
>> No. 22039 Anonymous
11th November 2016
Friday 9:46 pm
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>>22034
>Rollercoaster Tycoon

Maybe try the old Sierra city building games. I sank loads of hours into them growing up and learnt a fair bit of history doing it.

gog has the whole series for just over a tenner: https://www.gog.com/game/pharaoh_cleopatra
>> No. 22040 Anonymous
12th November 2016
Saturday 3:19 pm
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You could try some online games like Club penguin, Transformice.
>> No. 22041 Anonymous
13th November 2016
Sunday 1:10 am
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Dungeon Keeper was a childhood favourite of mine. Age of Empires 3 really wasn't bad either - 2 is of course a classic, but they might prefer the graphics of 3.
>> No. 22051 Anonymous
19th December 2016
Monday 11:46 am
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>>22037
>Why did you decide against it? I played the shit out of Medieval: Total War and Rome. I would suggest Rome or Medieval 2 as they're more relatable than the recent ones.

I don't know, just didn't feel that tempted.

Anyway, I'm toying with getting Stardew Valley and Planet Coaster (which has been made by people behind the original Rollercoaster Tycoon games)

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