How many of you game enthusiasts out there played games as a kid? Maybe you were raised on Nintendo where Mario, Pokemon, and Zelda were essential. Maybe Sonic, Rayman, or Pac-Man were more your style. Looking at this list of games, most (if not all) would probably be considered “children’s games.” Now, many of you who had nostalgic flashbacks of these games are probably 25 years of age or older. Are you too old to go back and play through a classic Sonic adventure? Are you too mature to be a kid again? Some would have us believe this, all because of a misconception that M rated games inherently come with age.
Truth be told, this post stemmed from something my dad said to me after the PS4 launch (remember, I’m 16). I was awake at around midnight playing Lego Marvel Super Heroes, which is rated E10+. He noticed what I was doing and commented/taunted that I was playing childish games; wouldn’t I be more suited to play Battlefield 4, which I had also bought? For the next couple weeks, he teased about how I had so much fun playing Legos like a kid.
And you know what? I did; I truly enjoyed the Lego Marvel experience. So, to me, the Lego stamp on this game is hardly more than an art style and a mechanic. True, it’s nostalgic; it brings back memories of all the Lego toys I used to build when I was younger. But as far as the video game is concerned, Legos lend themselves well to heightening the experience. You can destroy items and use the resulting bricks to build new contraptions, for example. But to a non-gamer, this isn’t what is seen; instead, having a game about Legos is for babies, even if it’s infused with the same Marvel characters and storylines that the PG-13, blockbuster movie of 2012 was made of. Because the world was made of Legos, it automatically became immature and inferior to more adult oriented, bloody, gory games like Battlefield 4.
I explained to my dad that despite the fact that the game revolves around Legos, it’s still fun, and (for a non-gamer, anyhow) it is practically the same as if the game were made with regular character and building models instead of Lego bricks and mini-figs. After all, he watches all the Marvel movies when they come out; how is this any different from the movies you enjoy? It employs the same characters and stories. His answer basically said: because it’s Lego.
Yes, because this is such a valid answer.
Now, by no means am I trying to bash my dad; not in the least. I’m simply trying to point out the difference between what a gamer and a non-gamer may believe about this hobby. When looking at Lego Marvel, I see a fun game with great graphics, fun mechanics, and a jocular storyline and script. A non-gamer sees that it’s Legos, therefore it must automatically be for kids.
When you think about it, the non-gamer isn’t all that wrong. After all, would you rather have your 10 year old son play this game, rated for 10 year olds and up, with no blood, no cursing, and no sexual content, or watch a PG-13 rated movie that probably has 2 or all 3 of those previously mentioned attributes? Is it better for a kid to read or watch Harry Potter, or play the Lego Harry Potter? Lord of the Rings? Batman? Pirates of the Carribean? Of course, these movies are still alright for lots of kids to watch, depending on their mental age and maturity. But for those who are still a little too young for the movies, Lego games are definitely a great alternative!
But, as far as gameplay goes, the Lego games are a great alternative to other licensed games. Of course, Batman has had a pretty good run with video games lately, but have you heard of a killer Harry Potter game? When was the last time a good Lord of the Rings game came out? Heck, Lego Marvel is a really fun game that any Marvel enthusiast should play, and this has nothing to do with the fact that it’s made of Legos and is kid-friendly. It’s just a good, fun, engrossing experience.
So, no, I don’t think you’re ever too old to play a kid’s game. I’m still a minor, so I don’t really have a whole lot of room to talk, but in 10 or 20 years, I can still see myself playing Pokemon. I can imagine that I’ll enjoy a good match of Mario Kart. I don’t think I’ll ever be too old for some games, and the ratings have nothing to do with it. These games are fun. When it comes down to it, that’s all that matters. It doesn’t matter that since you’re 35, you should be expected to play gory M rated games because of your age. If a game is fun, play it. That’s all there is to it.
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