When I was kid my Aunt Rebecca had SNES that I used to play every weekend when me and my siblings would go visit. My first video game memories are of super mario brothers 3 and my uncle showing off by showing us all the secrets. As I got older I actually moved away from video games as I begun to get into relationships, do drugs, and fuck up my life. It wasn't until I was 21 that I looked at myself in a mirror and changed myself for the better. I got back into video games at the age of 24 after a 10 year break. I love it. I met my wife in 2016 when I was 25. Kristi who has CP. She can use her body from the waist down and her hands don't work %100. She has tried playing video games with me but it is very hard for her to do so since most video games now a days take a lot of fine motor skills.
That is when I bought a Switch. My wife loved it. For the Switch has a lot of games that don't take a lot of fine motor skills. She can easily play Stardew valley, Mario, DK, and she is excited for Legend of The Zelda, Dragon Quest 11, and Fire Emblem later this year. For these games, more or less, let her play at her own pace. She can take her time without have to worry about a million things happening at once or without using two analog sticks.
We had a daughter, Nova, on 6/20/2018 and she is days away from turning 1. She loves watching me play video games. She may not watch a movie but she will sit on my laptop and watch me play Mario forever. She claps when we get to the flag and the music plays and gets upset when we die and we end up on the overworld. Though I think that is more because the music stops for a time. As the months go on I can't help but get excited as the day draws near that I can play video games with my daughter.
So after all this here is my question. What age did you guys allow your kids to play video games? How young is to young? At what age am I just a bad parent for letting her play Mario on her own? I know she won't be able to do it when she turns 1 but I am curious what the answer is.
Video games bring me such joy in life. Its a destresster and at times can be a vehicle for some of the best stories ever told. I want her to experience that joy as well.
Thank you for the time.