How to switch to more Academic Games
While inside their own world, you create a bond over games that will be invaluable and you will find an opportune moment to pivot the less than healthy Spiderman game to a more cognitively challenging board or card game.
Take them with you to visit a real gaming store (yes, they stll exist everywhere). Look at comics, look at figurines, be geeky and check out the strategy board games. The really good shops usually have libraries where you can test out the games and the guys running the store can give you the best details. There will be fast coorperative play games and long strategy war games and everything inbetween. While I love a good game of Monopoly, the variety of board games available now is unbelievable.
And there’s always great card games. Start with the more engaging ones that intrigue teenagers around money. I know, I know…gambling…ARGH but pennies and nickels are fun, they just are! And if you really hate the idea of real money, at least get some good quality chips and give a lesson in how chips let you keep score.