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Co-Play Styles of Play

This is a special group of Styles of Play that capture how a child develops their play of a game. Unlike other Styles of Play, these relate to a specific scenario and context rather than being dictated by the game itself.

The child watches the parent or sibling play. They don't have a controller themselves, but can offer suggestions and advice to the player. The parent can ask the child to direct them to different tasks or make decisions about priorities in the game.

09/03/2022 / 24 months ago

The child plays in their own pretend version of the game, recreating what they've seen on the screen with toys and other playthings. This simulates the sorts of interactions in the game, but with greater freedom and subversion because they are in the real world.

09/03/2022 / 24 months ago

The child is generally familiar with the game from watching other players. They are starting to hold the controller themselves. This can be experimenting with controls to learn how the game responds. They may also play, but treat the game more like a toy. Play is there for not goal oriented or attentive to the rules of the game.

09/03/2022 / 24 months ago

The child and the parent work together in the same game to achieve the same aims. They may assign tasks for each other or work together on the same aspect of the game. They may play at the same time or co-ordinate playing at different times while contributing to agreed aims in the game.

09/03/2022 / 24 months ago

The child plays the game with material support from the parent. This could include assistance such as help with reading game text or completing game challenges.

08/04/2022 / 23 months ago

The child and parent both play the game independently but with strong interaction outside the game. This may include discussing game content and strategies, observing each other’s play, or comparing progress. They may play at the same time or different times.

09/03/2022 / 24 months ago

The child plays the game under their own steam. They may be keen to talk about the game with parents, and call them in to show progress, but the main aspect of play is independent.

09/03/2022 / 24 months ago

Taming Gaming Book Written by parents for parents, the database complements the in-depth discussion about video game addiction, violence, spending and online safety in the Taming Gaming book. We are an editorially independent, free resource without adverts that is supported by partnerships.

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