I probably won’t be able to actually follow through on this because I think CCH is going to keep me busy for years, but I was talking with my 9-year-old daughter today about CoGs and I realized I wouldn’t let her read most of them because of romance options, language, adult themes/situations or violence depicted in most (not all) our gamebooks.
I think Star Captain is one of the cleanest ones, and it’s one of my personal favorites, but it’s written on a level way above a third-grader.
Anyway, I would love to see some releases that are targeted towards elementary school kids, maybe in the 8 to 10-year-old range, both in terms of storyline and general writing style/complexity level. I think there would be an audience for them, but then again that’s just a hunch.
These games can really encourage creativity and critical thinking skills, and the interactive nature of the games might encourage kids, including young boys (many of whom lose interest in reading in late-elementary school), to engage with a text in a way they don’t with conventional stories.
Has anyone else thought about this?