"It's made for kids"

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"It's Made for Kids" is an excuse used to dismiss criticism towards products and forms of media intended for younger audiences. This article will focus on the matter regarding video games.

There is also an article on this topic on the Terrible TV Shows Wiki.

Background

It is well known that kids are easier to entertain by simple things that adults may find boring because they don't have fully developed motor skills and reflexes that would be required to play highly complicated adult games. Because of that, video games targeted at younger audiences tend to be easier and simpler than games targeted at older players, but that doesn't mean that games aimed at kids should be too simplistic and basic.

Often when games meant for younger audiences are criticized for poor quality, short length, excessive hand-holding, underestimating player intelligence, and/or being overly simplistic, some might use "It's made for kids" as an excuse for doing so. While it is understandable that kids may have a hard time with complex games that adults may like, saying that "it's for kids" shouldn't be an excuse for making low-quality games and excessively easy games that grown-ups will find boring. This excuse also treats kids like unintelligent beings with little to no taste.

A good game meant for kids should be simple enough that kids can pick up play it with little trouble, yet have enough content and substance that older players will find interesting and fun to play so that when grown-up gamers go back and revisit the games they've played in their childhood and they can still have a good time.

On the other hand, there are some older people (mostly dudebros) who dismiss games targeted at young audiences as "kiddie games" and often say things like "those games are for kids, they're too easy and boring". Just because a game has a younger target audience that doesn't mean that older people aren't allowed to play them or won't find challenge and substance in them. If the game is well-made, anyone can enjoy them.

Even if a game is aimed at kids the adults may also be interested in it (for example, the ESRB rating E stands for Everyone, not just kids). There are many games aimed at younger audiences that can also be enjoyed by adults, for example, the Super Mario Bros., Ratchet and Clank, and Pokémon just to name few; those games are accessible and easy to understand, but also respect player intelligence and don't pander towards kids. There is no excuse for making a bad quality game just because of who it's targeted towards.

How to make a good kids' game

  1. Gameplay that is easy to pick up so it can be accessible for everyone but challenging to master.
  2. Level design with substance but not too much complexity that the player would get lost.
  3. A pleasing colourful art style and character design that is easy on the eye but neither too "cartoonish" or "simplistic".
    • Anthropomorphic animals and fantasy creatures are usually a good pick for this.
  4. A plot that isn't too complicated, but nothing too pandering either.
  5. No swearing and/or sexual content and minimal blood. Mild cartoon violence is fine, especially if the characters in the game are non-humans or the violence is used as "slapstick".
  6. Help in case the kids get confused without being too handheld. If a game does have some hand-holding mechanic, it needs to be completely optional so players who don't want help can ignore it.
  7. Puzzles can be easy to solve but shouldn't flat out give away the answer without letting the player at least think for a bit.
  8. Educational value, especially in games rated E/3+. The easiest one to incorporate into a video game is problem-solving.

Comments


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HammerBro101

15 months ago
Score 15
Why do people use this phrase as an excuse to dismiss criticism? That's like using autism as an excuse to dismiss criticism.
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Lg 754 luca

14 months ago
Score 5
I have autism.
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Glitchedblood

9 months ago
Score 3
ironic thing is because i have it
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Duncan947

7 months ago
Score 1
Because they think kids are stupid and don't know what quality is.
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Lg 754 luca

14 months ago
Score 0
sorry parents, games are for kids.
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Emoboy69

9 months ago
Score 0
same
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ACoolBlaze5

6 months ago
Score 2
M-Rated games: Are we jokes to you?
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ThatOneTanko

11 months ago
Score 4
Ummmm,what's wrong with cartoonish artstyles?
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ThunderKat

7 months ago
Score 4
Who said there was?
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ThatOneTanko

2 months ago
Score 1
There was a point to how to make a good kids game (Choosing a good artstyle, but not too "cartoonish") like what?
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Pacsonic9000

9 months ago
Score 5
My mom and sister supports this excuse saying that those things weren't made for people like me. Also Lego games are a great example of good games made for kids.
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DiamondWarrior52

9 months ago
Score 3
Are they aware that by saying this, they're saying "children are idiots"?
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Crying Lucario

8 months ago
Score 3
Its Made For Kids my butthole and wipe with it. LEGO Star Wars: The Complete Saga is made for kids and its one of my favorite games to this day. Hell, there’s an entire fanbase dedicated to LSW: TCS that say the game is for real men.
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Kodieopt

6 months ago
Score 3
Wow stupid “made for kids” crap is really starting to bug me
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Theworks84

6 months ago
Score 0

Me: sees the posters on this page.

Also me: Sega don't what Nintendoes.
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Grammer Guy

6 months ago
Score 2
After 30 years, they still haven't learned their lesson, even as a third party company.
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RoboDeer

4 months ago
Score 1
A creator in 2030: My BOOt LeG gTa cloNE Is madE FoR kIdz
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Theworks84

3 months ago
Score 1
The Pokémon Company: The reason why Sword and Shield is linear and easy is because it's MADE FOR KIDS!
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Master Chief

3 months ago
Score 3
Target audience does not change the quality of a game.
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Brownie the Quincy Elf

one month ago
Score 0
Amen
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ChocolateHamburger

one month ago
Score 0
HaHAhHsyshs I CaNt EnJoey DIs CuZ It FoR BAbEez
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DoubleJumpMan

28 days ago
Score 0
"This game was meant for stupid children who can't understand the concept of a good game" is essentially what they're saying.
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Jinko89354

10 days ago
Score 0
kids play grand theft auto 5, so kids dont understand what ratings mean.

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