Most if not all of us on these forums are gamers, why else would we be reading these forums right? So we are coming from a skewed perspective, mostly pro-gaming, but equally many of us are parents too admittedly in the minority but I don't have the figures to back this up.
Now I'm not going to go into personal stuff too much on a forum but there are other factors involved here regarding the social aspect of my child.
This right here accurately describes my own dilemma. While I'm not nor would I ever ask anyone to divulge private information on a public forum, I'll share with you all that I have aspergers syndrome. tl;dr, I have a propensity towards being solitary. Age has taught me that people tend to be self-serving, but this is a debate for another time. That all being said, I prefer to spend my time indoors. On a game. Where I can ignore people I don't want to talk to yet still have a semblance of socialism. Yada yada.
She isn't like that. She loves physical exercise. She swims, participates in gymnastics, etc.
I suppose what I'm getting at is, yes, I agree, my view will be very skewed regardless of the outcome. Lest one side says, "No, she is just plain too young to really
dive into the game mechanically, narratively, and socially", and, "If I supervise her she'll be alright".
I feel it best, with the input given here, that I don't go purchasing an additional copy so we can play at the same time. I will head all of this information for the time when she IS old enough and has a better grasp at things discussed online with anonymity, but until then she can just make a toon on my account and play for an hour a day or so. If she really takes to it and in order to play myself I need to get her her own account, then I know that she'll be restricted on time and only be allowed to buddy with me.
I'm not worried about her education -- She's in a gifted studies program and doing really well. She's athletic enough that I don't believe she'll sit down and play for hours upon hours. During the time that this thread has been open I put that idea to the test by sitting her in front of the Playstation with a game I know she likes such as LittleBigPlanet and she played for half an hour and went to draw something.
I'll have to work on the self-confidence in allocating those times and sticking to them for her as well as setting that good example. Who knows?
Current: FFXIV | EVE Online (again)
Former: FFXI | The Matrix Online (FOREVER!!!) | STO | SW:TOR | EQ2 | WoW | Florensia | RF Online
FFXI :: Valefor :: Dareknight, Darexius
FFXIV :: Valefor :: Dare Knight
EVE Online :: Dare Knight, Hazel Knight, Rex Knight