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Anyone have any young kids (or know any) that play roguelikes?
« on: October 21, 2009, 11:12:33 PM »
After downloading the latest DoomRL, my son (just turned 11) seen me playing it.  He thought it was pretty cool and now it's on his computer.  He's also being playing Dwarf Fortress too, since I gave him my old PC.  This was about 6-8 months ago.  He has even given Stone Soup a few runs.

My 6 year old is having a blast with Spelunky.  I know it's not a true roguelike, but it's close enough for me.

Any one else?  I know my kids can't be the only ones.

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Re: Anyone have any young kids (or know any) that play roguelikes?
« Reply #1 on: October 21, 2009, 11:37:20 PM »
Apparently I started at age of 12.

You can find some young people on forums, but I am not sure whether you would call them kids.

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Re: Anyone have any young kids (or know any) that play roguelikes?
« Reply #2 on: October 22, 2009, 06:29:41 AM »
Hmm... my daughter (soon 7yr) sometimes tries a game programmed by me; but since she is not able to read english (well, german is hard enough for her) she can only watch. "Fatal Labyrinth" (ps3, mega drive collection) is appealing to her i think.

But that brought me to an idea to create a roguelike without any text. Thanks for indirectly remembering me :-)

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Re: Anyone have any young kids (or know any) that play roguelikes?
« Reply #3 on: October 22, 2009, 09:05:06 AM »
But I learned English by playing roguelikes!

For those who like challenge, using some words from a foreign language (especially a useful and simple one, like English) should not be a problem, IMO. They will only learn more.

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Re: Anyone have any young kids (or know any) that play roguelikes?
« Reply #4 on: October 22, 2009, 08:59:58 PM »
But I learned English by playing roguelikes!
That doesn't sound like a good idea. His daughter will wind up thinking that every letter is out to kill her.

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Re: Anyone have any young kids (or know any) that play roguelikes?
« Reply #5 on: October 22, 2009, 09:53:23 PM »
But I learned English by playing roguelikes!
That doesn't sound like a good idea. His daughter will wind up thinking that every letter is out to kill her.

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Re: Anyone have any young kids (or know any) that play roguelikes?
« Reply #6 on: October 22, 2009, 10:05:50 PM »
But I learned English by playing roguelikes!
That doesn't sound like a good idea. His daughter will wind up thinking that every letter is out to kill her.

Imagine...your kid screams in the middle of the night.  "Daddy, daddy!!"  You run in to their room to see what's wrong.  "I had a nightmare where the 'o' was coming to get me."

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Re: Anyone have any young kids (or know any) that play roguelikes?
« Reply #7 on: October 23, 2009, 08:24:48 AM »
But I learned English by playing roguelikes!
That doesn't sound like a good idea. His daughter will wind up thinking that every letter is out to kill her.

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I don't know. Some images in games have been rather shocking. I remember some undead even in old games, which I rather would not have seen.

But novels can give nightmares too. I don't think nightmares are linked to the presentation, but to ideas. The nightmare won't be about the letter, but the idea to be killed.

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Re: Anyone have any young kids (or know any) that play roguelikes?
« Reply #8 on: October 23, 2009, 11:11:17 AM »
But I learned English by playing roguelikes!
That doesn't sound like a good idea. His daughter will wind up thinking that every letter is out to kill her.

Only if the roguelike uses ASCII letters for representing monsters and no text for messages. In a typical roguelike only like 2% of letters is out to kill you (depending on how elaborate are the messages and how many of them you need to kill a monster).

(Of course my arguments from the previous post were for 12 year olds or something like that, and doing a textless roguelike is an art in itself.)

BTW wasn't there a joke that you have played too much Nethack if you feel afraid of your e-mail address?

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Re: Anyone have any young kids (or know any) that play roguelikes?
« Reply #9 on: October 26, 2009, 12:20:03 AM »
wasn't there a joke that you have played too much Nethack if you feel afraid of your e-mail address?

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Re: Anyone have any young kids (or know any) that play roguelikes?
« Reply #10 on: November 27, 2009, 10:50:48 AM »
"Daddy! Can I quaff some coca cola?!" "Awwww.. must I wield the pjs??:'(" "Mommy..Mommy! Can we please have meat ration for dinner today??:" And existential problems when they leave the house and get dissapointed for the tenth time, that the world didn't get randomly generated this time either!

Nah honestly I think kids are good off playing roguelikes if they have fun doing it. They might pick up some english. It teaches them how to think strategically. (Kinda like chess) Plus it's a lesson of "don't judge by the looks, it's whats inside that matters!" :) ...plus your geek-friends will be mighty impressed when you can brag that your 11year old daugther ascended in Rogue! ;D

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Re: Anyone have any young kids (or know any) that play roguelikes?
« Reply #11 on: February 24, 2010, 06:29:48 PM »
If an 11 year old ascended in Rogue, I would think I would have an epileptic seizure... then have a 3-day Rogue playing session to beat him/her.

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Re: Anyone have any young kids (or know any) that play roguelikes?
« Reply #12 on: March 02, 2010, 05:07:19 PM »
If an 11 years old gets into Rogue, his mind may get corrupted into frustration