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Educational games suggestions

Unread post by mad_ady » Fri Jun 01, 2018 2:02 pm

I'm working on a cunning plan to introduce a retro gaming system in the house and expose the kids (6 and 3) to some quality games. I'd like to avoid android because of all the ads/microtransactions and start them off with something simpler.

Now, the challenge will be getting this past the wife, because she knows that games at an early age have a bad effect on child development (here's a nice talk about in English with a psychologist about digital addiction (skip the bit of Romanian at the beginning and end): https://youtu.be/Vxjm_EFJTqg).

So my plan is to start them off only on educational games - things that may help them practice basic math, letter recognition, English practice, puzzles, geography, etc, and still be fun to play.

Can the community recommend such games that would run under ogst? In my youth I used zxspectrum and moved to dos, but I didn't play educational games, since I had the freedom to choose what I played (freedom my kids will get when they're older).

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Re: Educational games suggestions

Unread post by meveric » Fri Jun 01, 2018 10:32 pm

ScummVM has a lot of educational games or "child-friendly" games.. look at the freddie fish series: http://wiki.scummvm.org/index.php/Freddi_Fish_series
or the Putt-Putt series: http://wiki.scummvm.org/index.php/Putt-Putt_series
Generally I think Adventure games are most "educational" as they are meant to combine things and solve puzzles.

There are other consoles that were meant for educational purpose, SEGA had quite a few of them, although they might not be officially supported, the emulators should handle them as well.
Sega Pico for example: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sega_Pico
I think they should run as Sega Master System games as well.

I made my nephews when they were 3 and 6 a OGST image where I put child friendly games on.. quite a lot though.. not all "educational" but child friendly.
PSP Cars or something like that.
I can go through the list if you want, but it will take a while since I don't have the image available right now.

Also if you stick with ROM Collection Browser, you should consider bringing Kodi and some child friendly tv shows in the picture.. just put some educational tv series on their, which they are allowed to watch..
I love the Once Upon a Time... series: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Once_Upon_a_Time..._Life (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6myuX4ubWRQ)
They have different shows, about the body, about america, about inventors, etc.
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Unread post by mad_ady » Fri Jun 01, 2018 11:12 pm

Thanks for the suggestions. If/when you get a hold of the image you prepared for your nephews, I'd like a listing of what you prepared to get me started. There's also a language barrier, but I guess the kids will find the motivation to start learning English :)

Also thanks for the video series. I'll look for the translated version for a while :)

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Unread post by crashoverride » Mon Jun 04, 2018 5:33 am

My opinion ...

All games are educational. Its only the subject matter that differs (and possibly concerns). What games are not is a substitute for parenting. You should engage with your child/children while playing any game. This is where they learn things from you like sportsmanship, winning, and losing. If you throw the controller, punch a wall, or cry and blame everyone else when you lose, they will learn this behavior too. Inevitably, you will also need to confront the issue of "cheating" and whether or not to ban "Game Genie". ;)

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Unread post by mad_ady » Mon Jun 04, 2018 2:18 pm

I do agree with your opinion, and having been introduced to games rather late in my childhood (at around 10) I was prepared for them. My main concern is that if I, as a parent don't introduce the kids to games/computers/internet in a controlled way, once they reach school they will exposed to it abruptly from their peers and I might loose the ability to guide them or select what is appropriate.
I don't want to expose the 3 year old, because he's clearly too young, but they will be difficult to separate.
You're right about learning how to loose and learning not to give up. These will be useful skills I hadn't thought about.

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Unread post by mad_ady » Tue Jun 19, 2018 5:13 pm

Now that the Odroid Go is live, I'd like to pick @meveric's brain and ask - do you know any puzzle/arithmetic games that would work there?
I'm thinking of something like this https://hackaday.com/2016/03/01/mindles ... hing-tool/, but with the ability to select the numbers of the result.

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Unread post by meveric » Tue Jun 19, 2018 9:38 pm

http://nesguide.com/genre/education
There are several rom sites that offer to search by genre, where educational and puzzle should be listed.
Sega had a few consoles specially made for children, especially around the Sega Master System era and before there were a lot of these. Most of them might be compatible with Sega Master System emulators.
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Unread post by mad_ady » Tue Jun 19, 2018 10:07 pm

Thanks!

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Unread post by mad_ady » Sun Apr 07, 2019 5:36 pm

Well, sorry to revive this thread, but I've actively started building a kids PC around the H2. It will be linux only and have a usage timer built-in (to promote self-control) - but more about this in a separate thread.

Regarding games, I will add some dos games I enjoyed as a kid (like Prehistorik 2, Ignition) and also some more modern clones like Pingus (Lemmings clone), and maybe Hedge Wars (Worms clone).
I do have some educational titles like KTouch, TuxMath, TuxTyping. I also found this great game called Slingshot, which reminds me of gorillas.bas: https://www.google.com/url?sa=t&source= ... QcODp6mgux

I'd like to find a good chess game, for my elder son (he likes chess) - but gnu chess is way too hard. Also I'd like to find some chess training program (to put him into situations where he needs to find the correct move to win). Not sure what to look for...

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Unread post by meveric » Sun Apr 07, 2019 6:16 pm

The only chess game I played for a little while was Battle Chess, but I can't say how hard it is.


But it's a game that takes it sweet time due to all the animations.
Also there are several different versions, for Amiga, DOS, Windows, and even a modern 3D HD remake (but that is not for kids).
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Unread post by meveric » Sat Apr 13, 2019 12:45 am

Humble Bundle has a bunch of child friendly games as a bundle sale right now in case you're interested:
https://www.humblebundle.com/games/humo ... ent-bundle
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Unread post by mad_ady » Sat Apr 13, 2019 2:46 am

Mighty thanks for the tip!

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Unread post by meveric » Sat Apr 13, 2019 3:19 am

I think all of these should work on ScummVM if I remember correctly. So even ODROIDs should be able to run them.
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