Games are so expen$ive!

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Registered: 04-08-2003
Games are so expen$ive!
Tue, 04-08-2003 - 5:57pm
My 14yo ds loves computer games and always wants the cool new thing, but darn, those things don’t come cheap! Plus he likes the ‘online’ games where you play people all over the world, and for those believe it or not you have to buy the box AND pay a monthly fee. I know there could be worse hobbies. I’m happy that he’s so interested in computers, and it’s good that he’s talking to people from different places. But I can’t wait till the kid gets a job. The DAY he turns 16, I’m telling you. ;p


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Registered: 03-20-2003
Wed, 04-09-2003 - 12:43pm
Hi and welcome to the board. My boys are 13 and 15 and also like to play video games. They kind go back and forth between computer games and their Gamecube/PS2. The on-line games they play don't require a monthly fee, though. And I don't buy their video games for them unless it's a Christmas or birthday gift. They do get an allowance and the 15yo has a small paper route. All their 'toys' have to be paid for themselves. We also monitor them pretty closely as far as time and the games they play. Our basic rule of thumb is no video time during the week and a couple hours a day on the weekend. Now that they are older and not quite so obsessed with the games we have eased up a bit and if they want to occasionally play during the week after homework they can. And when they are playing the on-line games we always pop in frequently to check things out - most of them have chats that can be as bad as some of the chatrooms. Someone that DS13 'met' in a game tried to send our computer a virus because ds had beat him - ds was no longer allowed to play that game.

BTW - my name is Pam too!


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Registered: 04-09-2003
Wed, 04-09-2003 - 4:36pm
Hi Pam,

First, I agree with Pam about monitoring, *very* important.

Next, you’re right, you’d think the treasure they hunt for in the games was real. ;) I generally encourage my kids to play with computer games, but I’m far more willing to pay for strategy-type games than the shoot-em-ups. Let’s face it, long-term strategy is something with which teenagers need all the help they can get!

You’d be surprised how much critical thinking and problem solving there is in some of these. The latest one that David has gotten into is Legacy Online, which just came out last month. There’s no box to buy, and it’s just $10/mo. Each player is an entrepreneur building a financial empire on alien worlds. They decide how to invest their resources and how to behave towards other players. They can even run for office! I keep telling David that I’m going to expect him to invest his allowance more wisely and to be more diplomatic towards his sister and brother, LOL. If you want to look into the game, it’s at

Frankly, I’m thrilled to be the parent of geeks. I was a geek growing up too, and I think geeks generally grow up into good citizens and interesting people. If I do say so myself. ;)


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Registered: 03-26-2003
Thu, 04-10-2003 - 11:47am
My ds pays for all of his games, except ones that I buy for xmas or birthday presents, but I stopped buying them because he does get obsessed with them. He can start working at 14, and both he and I can't wait for that day. He wanted me to rent a game for him last night telling me that he'd pay me back. He already owes me $12 and I only have $20 to last me until payday, which is th 15th. I try to teach him how to budget, but you know teens. They know everything. LOL!