questionswhat first person shooter is appropriate for a 10…

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I don't think there is such a thing. I would say stick with Minecraft. That's where my 10-year-old is. And he likes stuff like Tiny Tower and Age of Empires too.

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2 or 3 years ago the game "Water Warfare" for the Wii had a pretty robust multiplayer environment, and it was a FPS based on water guns (with water balloons as grenades, raincoat as a shield, and other clever ideas). My guess is that it's pretty much dead now, given how the Wii itself has fared.

Other games that might be worth trying, though I can't speak about firsthand:
- Nerf Arena Blast - Old but people spoke highly of it, and built on the original Unreal engine.
- Digital Paintball - I know more paintball games are out there too, but this is the one I've heard the most. I think it's a Half-Life mod.

Good luck! And remember, one problem with any of these is if you do some kind of deathmatch with mics, you can't censor the other people. Better to just shut that feature off.

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"He now has an interest in the blood gore, zombie killing mayhem of all those great shooter games out there."
Time to be a parent, not just a buddy. Many things are inappropriate for the kids, no matter how freely available they are. It's our job, our duty, to help them on this difficult road.
Raise a good human.

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If he plays games at his friends' houses be prepared to hear that said parent's of friends have let their child have whatever game you've denied your own child. No kid is going to accept the "not until you are older argument", esp. as newer games come out that all their friends talk about.

On that note, though, my ex and I did not let her son play mature games until he was 14? Games like GTA with sex scenes going on in rooms that you walk into and all the blood and gore in fps games, just not appropriate for young kids.

It's one of those things you just have to put up with as a parent. I love games like Metro 2033 and Far Cry but I'd never let my own children play them until they were more mature.

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Just an idea, could try the game Dungeon Defenders. Right now you can get it in the Humble Bundle for around $7, but its a first/third person tower defense kind of game. It has first person shooter elements while also teamwork and its rated E. Kind of a fun, quirky game.

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You might check out a game like Star Wars: Republic Commando. It uses a world that he most likely is already familiar with, and contains no more "violence" than is already in the movies.

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I would just stay away from it. My boy which was 9 year at the time, did a complete 180 for the worse when started playing Call of Duty. just like most families, we started with games like Mario for the Wii which was fun and harmless and we played as a family. Then, he started getting interested in shooting games. I found out that his interested arouse from schools mates that also played these type of shooting games. Once, again, I am only talking about my experience. Your kids my react differently. in a Nutshell, it was getting so bad that we had to removed all the Game consoles from the house (Xbox, playstation and WII). that was about 3 year ago. He is now doing better now and he starting to understand what happened to him and why we don't have game consoles. I am not against game. I used to played Call of Duty myself but I had to choose the game or my Son. Anyway,I wish would had ask like you are doing before I let him played these type of games. good luck on your decision.

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@riverab3: Are you talking about a gaming addiction or behavioral changes? Was the game violence the issue or was it the atmosphere (i.e. a group of 12 yr olds screaming obscenities from across the world)?

@tmdowling: best suggestion yet. Portal is awesome no matter what age you are.

I think a certain amount of violence in a FPS is to be expected but most have no more violence (at least in online play) than they see in star wars or super hero movies. A lot of games even have the option to turn the blood off. Before condeming all FPS games try one out yourself. Go down to the redbox and pick up Halo 4 or COD. The idea of violence is still present, you are using guns and tomahawks to "kill" but the visual is far from realistic. you may decide that 10 is too young. In that case don't let him play them at home or anywhere else. You have to go "all in" if you want to make your point. He might not like you for it, but it's part of being a parent. I'm sure you know that though. :-)

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@nmchapma: @tmdowling: you guys must not have read the post, the kid already plays portal 1 and 2.

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@jsimsace: Just don't buy it with the shotgun-shaped gun that it came with, as the game was not properly programmed for it (as in, they forgot to make the trigger act as a trigger for shooting). Play chicken blaster with a Wii pistol or just the wiimote instead.

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@cardinalsfan: yup, noticed that a bit to late. Portal is still awesome.

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I would add Star Wars: Battlefront, since that has multiplayer. I'm can't remember if Republic Commando has multiplayer, but Battlefront 1 and 2 are fun, gore-less FPS that are both very solid games. You can pick both of them up cheap and frag together.

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Any of the metroid games and the new Golden Eye are probably ok as there is not blood. IDK what your criteria for what is appropriate for your child is.

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In my house, we played on LAN Medal of Honor, American Army 2 and Age of Empires Expansion. The games were intense. Not because of the graphic violence, but because of the extreme competition. The intense play did cause some issues with the boy, he did not like loosing. Got to be a bit of a jerk about it, quitting when loosing only wanting to play my daughter and wife, then spawning them.
My daughter did cry when a npc character burned her crops in AOE, all she wanted to do was grow crops and give the food to her mom. We tried to train her abut building armies but it just was not happening. Once recognized we played around it, I would use my armies to protect her farms, it added a new difficulty to the game.
I am trying to be an exgamer, except casual games, and Rocksmith. I figure if I am going to put all that time into something I want to come out with something.
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The time and commitment it takes to be good at a FPS is too much for me, not to mention things have change in the gaming realm, when a noob came on we would help him learn the game. Now your teammates will do what ever it takes for you to quit.
I played many hours of American Army and was one of the top 100 on a specific map when I quit. I belonged to a good clan (so not all people out there are jerks).

This post was all over the place and did not give you a good answer, except control the game.

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I would echo some of the other posters and maybe encourage your kid to shoot a basketball, not a zombie.

That said, if you're going to get him a shooter, and it is going to be a modern shooter, try Halo. Not terribly gory, shooting aliens instead of people, and there are actual missions/objectives as opposed to just mow everything/body down (COD MW2 airport, anybody?).

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It all depends on what you are afraid of him viewing. If you are afraid of just the blood, gore, and language type of games then he could probably play the James Bond games, they do have killing in them but no gore. You could also go with one of the Cabala's hunting games. They offer the FPS experience with out shooting at people.

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There's a game called FDNY Firefighter where you rescue people and put out fires in a first person shooter style format. There's a Wii game called Real Heroes: Firefighter. There are apparently quite a few games in this firefighting genre. I am not a parent, but it seems to me that channeling that fps energy into being a force for good would be an apporpriate direction for a child.

http://www.ign.com/articles/2009/08/19/real-heroes-firefighter-review
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HXRQVFDWxFw
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hkcJxc3vIY0

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While not really an FPS, any of the LEGO series (Star Wars, Harry Potter, Indiana Jones, etc.) are definitely age appropriate and still have mild violence. Lots of shooting and slashing (with light sabers) but the "gore" is all just LEGO pieces falling apart. I can imagine him finding them "childish", but they might be a perfect local multiplayer for you two to play together.

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My first instinct when I saw "What first person shooter is appropriate for a 10 year old?" was to say "none of them." But then I thought back to when I was 10 or 11, and I was playing Quake 2 and Goldeneye and I turned out alright.

You know your kid, we don't. Whatever you think he can handle, let him try. As already mentioned, I would maybe try out any game before you let him loose with it, or at least pay attention to the ratings.

I don't really have any suggestions for games, I've gotten away from FPS in recent years. I can't stand playing them on console and PC has just become inconvenient for me. But if the Halo games are still anything like they used to be, that might be a good start.

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I'm pretty sure I was playing games like Wolfenstein 3D at that age and pretty much every type of FPS since. I think I turned out ok. My biggest concern would not be the games, but the online interactions. I say let the kid play the game, but limit his ability to play online matches with other players. There's a reason game makers say "online content not rated".

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I don't really think the blood 'n' guts aspects of a FPS are going to mess a kid up, as other posters have pointed out they probably see the same and worse if they watch normal TV and movies.

That said, my answer would still be "none of them", not because of the content but because of the extreme and unpleasant competitive online aspects of these games and (as a result) the insane amount of staring-at-the-screen time required to be even slightly good at them. The last thing most 10-year-olds need is more time in front of a screen (especially being bullied by some shut-in who plays 16 hours a day). If your kid has a competitive streak, that's great, encourage sports or games that will turn that edge into a social opportunity rather than a social killer.

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@starblind: I agree that the violence isn't what will mess the kid up. It's the online play.

If you're willing to put some effort into it, your kid can still play online. First, if he is playing online by himself then don't allow him to use a mic and keep other players muted. If he is playing only with friends then let him use the mic as long as he's in a party with only them. I'm sure they'll still spout out things no 10 yr old should say but he's hearing it from them anyway. Lastly monitor the time he spends playing the game in total, put limits on it and he'll be fine with any modern shooter. This all requires a lot of super vision as well as you knowing the ins and outs of the console.

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He might like the Walking Dead game on Steam.
What LP MUDs did you frequent? I played Genesis and Angalon back in the day.

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@nmchapma: I think you just nailed it.

I'm in my 30's, and I don't use a mic/headset except when I play with my actual friends, and I mute any random who's loud enough to hear through the tv speakers. I just don't need to deal with that garbage. The game (Gears of War for me, primarily) is fun, but I don't need the immature trash-talking.

For the 10-year old in question, I want to generically answer, anything that's slightly more cartoonish, rather than realistic violence, but I can't come up with any good examples. Maybe the Left 4 Dead games? Certainly not cartoon-like, but you're only shooting infected zombies, not "humans," and the blood and gore in those games is not too excessive as I recall.

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NSFW?
When I watched it on HBO there was cussing.

Penn & Teller BS: Video Games pt 1 - 3
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LWr4htYp9dM please watch all 3 parts.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MZ7comwLPFY
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GLBx9XOhsm8 if you do not have time watch 3:40 to the end of part 3.

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Thanks to everybody for all the great info. Especially @thumperchick for the Duck Hunt reference. In fact, up at my brother's house, we do skeet shooting all the time. (fer reals!, but my son is just learning the BBGun)

I like the Halo idea, I've been needing an excuse to get a 360 anyways, and you can play Minecraft on one too.

Thanks again, lots of solid advice for raising a good human.

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Nobody has suggested Doom/Duke Nukem?

For shame, DW!

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whatever game he has the most fun playing.
kids know the difference between fantasy and reality.

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Plants VS Zombies Garden Warfare, it's E10+, and I highly recommend it.