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« Reply #30 on: August 06, 2014, 05:11:15 PM »

Whereas Final Fantasy 6 spent, like, a half-hour at least before you could actually do anything.

Er, did you play the same FF6 that I played?  After a short intro (definitely nowhere near half an hour) you jump right into attacking Narshe.
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« Reply #31 on: August 06, 2014, 06:43:38 PM »

Well I don't count that section because it's so heavily scripted. I felt like I might as well have been watching a movie rather than actually playing the game. In fact, it wasn't really playing until you leave to go to Figaro (that submarine castle. That was Figaro, right?) that I felt like I was actually engaged, though I suppose that psuedo-RTS section required some effort...I guess...
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« Reply #32 on: August 06, 2014, 07:39:14 PM »

FFVI's also prone to breaking or otherwise behaving very strangely.

Nobody mentioned this yet, but besides JRPGs, I was REALLY into roguelikes when I was like 12, especially ADOM and ZAnbgand, (although I... eventually ended up more into Nethack and Dungeon Crawl Stone Soup. And then 2010 hit and I can't play PC roguelikes anymore without getting /the fear/).

Nethack is fast paced, hard, and has a lot of things to play around with. Also there are more modern GUIs and stuff for it now. It's also nicely competitive, with the scoring.

V--- Limited perma-saves are something I REALLY like in roguelikes, and I wish ADOM had this. Ragnarok lets you save every 1000 turns or so. It's a very fair system for longer games.
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« Reply #33 on: August 06, 2014, 11:24:39 PM »

For Japanese roguelikes, you can't go wrong with Shiren the Wanderer. The remake of the first game is on DS, and Shiren 3 (just titled "Shiren the Wanderer") is on the Wii. Perfect for that age range, and the Wii one includes an "easy" mode where permadeath ain't so permanent (you can keep either your levels or your equipment, I can't remember which).
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« Reply #34 on: August 09, 2014, 12:45:52 AM »

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Any of those would be great! Mess 'em up real good.
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« Reply #35 on: August 14, 2014, 09:47:19 PM »

These are all great suggestions. Thank you very much, everyone! I was originally asking because I work with a lot of kids and they know I like games. I think for now, Chrono Trigger is a good one to suggest since it's also on the DS and lots of kids have one.

I'm still thinking about which game I'd like my own daughter to play first but that is years from now. Children shouldn't watch TV until their 2, by the way. There is some useful information from professional doctors for all the parents out there. ^_^
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« Reply #36 on: August 15, 2014, 02:45:02 PM »

Illusion of Gaia/Time, maybe ? I really liked that one as a kid.
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« Reply #37 on: August 17, 2014, 09:49:07 AM »

Illusion of Gaia/Time, maybe ? I really liked that one as a kid.


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« Reply #38 on: August 19, 2014, 02:09:03 AM »

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« Reply #39 on: August 19, 2014, 09:11:40 AM »

Magical Starsign?

Maybe if they want to be bored to death. :P (seriously, even ignoring the cliches, IIRC, the game in general was pretty poorly paced and the story felt pretty fluffy too often. Though I suppose a kid might enjoy it more)
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« Reply #40 on: August 19, 2014, 10:35:39 AM »

These are all great suggestions. Thank you very much, everyone! I was originally asking because I work with a lot of kids and they know I like games. I think for now, Chrono Trigger is a good one to suggest since it's also on the DS and lots of kids have one.

I'm still thinking about which game I'd like my own daughter to play first but that is years from now. Children shouldn't watch TV until their 2, by the way. There is some useful information from professional doctors for all the parents out there. ^_^

Chrono Trigger is a good choice, however depending how old the child is...

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You might want to make sure they save Lucca's mother leg's from being crushed and living with the guilt that they couldn't save her.

That was a little nerve-racking when I first played it when I was a kid.
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« Reply #41 on: August 19, 2014, 04:27:25 PM »

Magical Starsign?

Maybe if they want to be bored to death. :P (seriously, even ignoring the cliches, IIRC, the game in general was pretty poorly paced and the story felt pretty fluffy too often. Though I suppose a kid might enjoy it more)

I would vote against that too.  Sure it's cute and cartoony, but I agree that it's pretty boring and generic.  I would easily recommend Solatorobo: Red the Hunter over it any day.  Now that game was fun to play, had great cartoony style, and a solid storyline.  Good game. 
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« Reply #42 on: August 19, 2014, 05:49:06 PM »

Magical Starsign?

Maybe if they want to be bored to death. :P (seriously, even ignoring the cliches, IIRC, the game in general was pretty poorly paced and the story felt pretty fluffy too often. Though I suppose a kid might enjoy it more)

I would vote against that too.  Sure it's cute and cartoony, but I agree that it's pretty boring and generic.  I would easily recommend Solatorobo: Red the Hunter over it any day.  Now that game was fun to play, had great cartoony style, and a solid storyline.  Good game. 

Definitely agree on all counts. Plus it's pretty easy while still being engaging. I definitely could see kids really digging it, especially since a manchild like me loved it. =P
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« Reply #43 on: August 19, 2014, 05:54:48 PM »

I'm going to say the original Dragon Warrior, or maybe one of it's remakes (I haven't played any of them). I think it's a great introduction to RPGs and I recall my friends and I totally loving this game.

No feeling like beating the Dragon Lord and building your middle english vocabulary at the same time. Think of the head start the kid will have when it comes to studying Shakespeare in school.

Also, those spell names? Heal! Hurt? HURTMORE?!

I know if I had a kid they'd be playing Dragon Warrior as their introductory RPG.
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