When We Say A Game Is "Kiddie," Is It An Automatic Insult?
It's all in how you say something, I suppose.
Now, there's nothing wrong with video games designed specifically for children, or games that have a more accessible, family-friendly design. But instead of saying "games for kids" or something like that, we often call them "kiddie games."
Nintendo fans have been all pissy about that term for years, because many of them claim the label is a not-so-thinly-veiled insult. It implies the games in question simply aren't as good just because they're designed for a younger audience. And that, of course, is dumb. On the flip side, there is something to the idea that if a game is just a tad too cutesy, it really might not appeal to adults. For example, while there was no denying the quality of Ni No Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch, I had to admit that it was just too "kiddie" for me.
When I say that, I mean I just couldn't find full immersion when wandering around as a 10-year-old boy and facing off against enemies that were essentially the opposite of fearsome. Obviously, the art direction is amazing and the overall game design is wicked impressive, but it was just too over-the-top "kid-ified" for me. I don't know what else to call it, really. Doesn't make it a bad game; just doesn't seem like something that would appeal to someone my age. On the flip side, there's actually a chance I'll really like World of Final Fantasy, if only because it will actually feel like a traditional RPG, and it'll have plenty of nostalgia that resonates with me.
That's "kiddie," right? Even if I like it, should I say it's "kiddie?" Or is that really insulting the game in question? Your thoughts...?
3/9/2016 9:43:56 PM Ben Dutka