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Your game is kiddy!

The dreaded word “kiddy” is often used as an insult to certain type of games; mostly games made by Nintendo. I question the people who have a need to express their distaste for anything “kiddy.” Should we insult these “kiddy” games? Why don’t we embrace them? Are they always as innocent as they seem?

This semester in school I’m taking a Children's Literature class; in this class we focus on children’s and young adult’s literature that concerns trauma and/or dystopian culture. In class we interrogate issues within these books. We’re examining literature meant for children. Sometimes we go into philosophical discussions about life, and other times we discuss the innocent and care free nature that children exhibit, but one thing is clear: a room filled of students in their twenties are enjoying literature meant for ages 8-16.

Not all the books we read have deep messages, but some offer something more simple and innocent: a child like wonder and happiness. A game that gave me this feeling was Kirby’s Epic Yarn; a game I absolutely adored, but a game most people insulted because of its look.

The colorful, imaginative world of Kirby is as innocent as it looks. The game, for me, is the expression of child like happiness. For instance, the simple game-play, colorful art-style, and surprisingly “adult” music engulfed me in a world I haven’t been in a long time. A world long forgotten, a world I will always cherish: a free spirited world absent of my worlds problems. It’s as if the developers were holding my hand and told me to forget all my troubles for awhile. Just relax and embrace the colors. Relax and escape the harsh reality. Relax and be happy. .. Why is this difficult for some people to understand?

I understand that some of the insults towards these “kiddy” games come from teenagers who wish to be looked at as “mature.” This is perfectly understandable, but I have encountered a number of adults my age echoing the same thoughts of these teenagers.

There has been a recent surge in young adult fiction that has drawn the attention of scholars and readers alike. Surprisingly, many authors within the last three decade have chosen to write about children’s engagement with personal and traumatic experiences. A game that’s very similar to this is Earthbound.

Many people call Earthbound the first art game. This is a game that many people will call “kiddy” because of its art-style, a game where you fight hippies and birds wearing sunglasses, a game where the protagonist gets home sick. But this game, unlike the majority of games, aims to hit your mind and heart with its story. Earthbound remains the only game, that I know of, that has gotten essays regarding its ending.

We’re in love with an industry that embraces violence and that is fine. But maybe we can have more games like Earthbound. What if we have a game that deals with childhood adolescence or creation of a hero amid adversity. We can have games that discuss the family structure and dynamics, class and economics, intimacy and knowledge, adolescence and growth.

Nintendo seems to be the only company that are making games like this, but maybe we have to take it further than just pretty colors (which are fine). Maybe I’m thinking too much on this topic, but what I know is that I want to see these type of games be embraced by gamers of all ages.

Let's try not to ignore something simply because it's "kiddy." I was at the Dtoid chat a couple of days ago and recommend some of the books I read from my class to a user, but he expressed his detest for "simple writing" and wanted something more "complicated." This type of attitude is simply heartbreaking, and I hope I'm not the only who wishes for more creative "kiddy" games.
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About VenusInFursone of us since 4:39 PM on 02.11.2011

Wow, I have a twitter now. Hmmm, would you like to follow me? Here, take this link. If you follow me; I will make all your dreams come true: Twitter

Here's my Tumblr; it's where I write all my miscellaneous stuff: Tumblr

Do you like films? Do you like my writing? If so, then have a look at my movie blog: Flixist

I'm a student. I'm currently working on my second degree. My past jobs were working at a gym and Urban Outfitters. I love to play guitar, read, listen to music, and watch films. I'm funny and enjoy the arts. I sometimes can ramble on about literature and films. I'm born and breed in New York. I'm easy going and I love fashion. My favorite system is the DS. I constantly shop at Urban Outfitters and Topshop. I really don't know what else to say. Oh yeah, I'm a cool guy!

I Stand Alone, Magnolia, There Will Be Blood, Fight Club, Antichrist, Enter The Void, Dogtooth

Bob Dylan, The Beatles, Rolling Stones, Lhasa De Sela, MC5, Neil Young, Velvet Underground, Radiohead, Manu Chao, The Smiths, Nine Inch Nails

The Trial, Notes From Underground, Paris Spleen, Crime And Punishment, Junky, Hunger, Nausea, The Stranger

Super Mario Bros., Lost in Shadow, Braid

Favorite Articles I've written:

Demon's Souls: An Allegory for Life


Diary of a Breton: Journey to Solitude

Are You Afraid of the Dark?

Explain Yourself!

Venus, Put on some Fur and let's Talk

Front Page Articles

The Emasculation of a Father

A Small Thank You

I started a blog at this very site to let some of my feelings out. In some way Destructoid was therapy for me. I write about everything from my mother, past relationships, financial situations, friends, hipsters, school, etc. This is done not for sympathy, but as a way to expresses myself. My financial situation is a mess and I have no idea how I’m going to make a living, but writing and reading some of the response from great users have bought a wealth of positiveness to my life; It really doesn’t have to be anything big, but a simple comment of appreciation is enough to fill my heart with joy. It’s strange writing this, but joining this community has been the best thing I've ever done, well, second best thing; getting laid is pretty cool. What I’m trying to say here is thank you. Thank you for this awesome community. Thank you for reading. Thank you for commenting. Thank you for being awesome.

A big thanks goes to falsenipple for the header!

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