How Early Should Kids Start Gaming?

September 7, 2007

I’ve got a 3yr old son at home that loves video games. He’s been playing them for quite some time now and he’s got amazing hand eye coordination. The kid can play Lego Star Wars by himself and complete most of the puzzles alone. That aside, I can’t help but wonder if he was prematurely exposed to them. If I wasn’t an avid gamer, he wouldn’t know what a video game was.

Is this a bad thing?

I’ve often wondered what other people think is the right age to expose children to video games. So I’m asking. What age do you think is the sweet spot for letting kids get into gaming. I’m not talking about the difference between E and M rated games. I don’t want to go there. I am talking mainstream games in general. I guess it could even encompass games put out by VTech and Leapfrog if you want to get technical about it.