Family Friendly Gaming at RAPTURE, Cardiff!
Rapture Gaming Festival is coming to Cardiff for the first time ever and I for one am really looking forward to it. This celebration of all things gaming was established in Colchester, but in 2018 has started to tour the UK, bringing gaming straight to us. Here in South Wales there’s not a massive amount of gaming festivals and this is a shame, as gaming can be a really positive influence on children and teenagers. As I’ve discussed before in The Art of Screen Time and my TECH Tips guide, encouraging children to engage responsibly with digital media is really important. Whilst the potential negatives of gaming are sometimes discussed in the news, ultimately gaming can be an incredibly positive experience and a way for the entire family to work and play together. I started gaming at a very young age with my uncle, and it was a bond that brought us together and lasted his lifetime and I know many of my cousins and family members feel the same way. I was absolutely heartbroken when he died this year, but found out he’d kept every single console and game he ever played with all of us – and that’s an experience I intend to pass on to my son. I also play video games with my husband, it helps us relax in the evening and provides a stimulating alternative to watching TV after the baby has gone to bed. Through gaming, I’ve met a lot of friends of all ages, nationalities and cultures. Hands on events that feature video games can be a way to entertain the whole family together as well as encourage and foster hobbies and skills in the digital world, so I think Cardiff is very lucky to be seeing an event like Rapture Gaming Festival. Rapture Gaming Festival is advertised as being family-friendly and suitable for all ages, allowing guests to immerse themselves in the gaming world, with interactive games, interviews, virtual reality, retro gaming, tabletop gaming and more. Of particular interest to families might be the Minecraft and Roblox Zone and Stage. Both Minecraft and Roblox are very popular with children and teenagers, but adults can get in there and enjoy the fun too. Even if you’re a parent who’s not really interested in games, if you go in with an open mind you’ll learn more about what your children are doing (which helps you make responsible decisions about their gaming time) and I think you’ll genuinely find them fun!