It’s only a matter of time until your kids get into gaming. But rather than get them obsessed with micro-transaction filled nonsense or games that rely on sexy and gore, here’s five titles that’ll start them off right.

Pong: This is a classic for a reason. Plus, it’ll only require them to move the D-Pad/Paddle/ It’s only a matter of time until they’re ready for something more challenging.

Tetris: Another one-handed game that gets harder and forces them to think. Add in great music and it’s a perfect kids game.

Super Mario Bros: Yes! A simple platform with great music and plenty of challenge. It’ll also prepare them for harder games and get them used to using both hands at the same time.

The Legend of Zelda: Great for longer gameplay sessions and more fantastic music and plenty of secrets. Allowing them to go wherever they want will make for some fun exploration as well.

F1 Race: A handheld console is perfect fro tiny hands and the Game Boy’s F1 Race is a classic. Forcing them to hold down the gas and use the D-Pad will give them the tools to handle any other racer after.

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Patrick Hickey, Jr., is the founder and editor-in-chief of and a lecturer of English and journalism at Kingsborough Community College, in Brooklyn, New York. Over the past decade, his video game coverage has been featured in national ad campaigns by top publishers the likes of Nintendo, Deep Silver, Disney and EA Sports. His book series, "The Minds Behind the Games: Interviews With Cult and Classic Game Developers," from McFarland and Company, has earned praise from Forbes, Huffington Post, The New York Daily News and MSG Networks. He is also a former editor at NBC and National Video Games Writer at the