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Ben likes Portal!
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Ernest
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October 5, 2010 - 8:35 pm
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So far we've played through it 3 times.  He likes to talk smack-talk to the computer, especially after it makes veiled threats.  He especially likes to threaten it right before it tries to cook us alternately as a pizza, a cake, a cookie.  He also makes us listen to the end song every time.  Which isn't so bad as it's a cute song.  The good thing about all of this is that I'm getting pretty good at it–which astonishes me, as it was really hard the first time.

 

He got scared by the 1st creaky door in Amnesia, which led to a somewhat lengthy discussion about doors and creakiness.  He seemed to be relieved when I told him that a lot of people were getting scared by that door.

 

He likes Metro 2033–especially the part at the end where we knock the thingamajig off the tower.  He smack-talks the whatever those critters are called, too.

 

He likes Fallout 3, but my sense is it crashed too much for him.  Heck it crashes too much for me.

 

He also likes throwing cans at the cops in Half Life 2.

 

Call of Duty 2 seems a little too violent for him.

I have to admit it's a little disconcerting to hear him talking about stuff like dying and blowing guys up with hand grenades.  But I'm currently reading The Boys are Back, which makes me think I can do pretty much anything with him as long as he doesn't get hurt.  Plus I loved playing soldier as a kid and still grew up to see the idiocy of war.  Maybe not so much when I was 4…though I did get a G.I. Joe and jeep that had a big cannon on it when I was 4.

 

I don't know if I'm teaching him right or not.  But he seems smart, though somewhat…not so much argumentative as willing to negotiate.  Which may have a lot to do with the fact that both of his parents are lawyers.

 

I'm wanting to give him a try at WOW, which I played until around when he began to walk/talk.

 

In real life he gets frustrated a little too easily and quits things quickly–that is, when I can get him to try them to begin with.  This worries me, as perfectionism only leads to paradigm collapses later in life.  Still, I try to encourage him that trying matters more than succeeding/failing.  Maybe all my reloads will teach that lesson better than anything.

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What a dad!  It's not WHAT he sees, but how you, his parents, frame it for him.  I'm a pacifist, but I sure shot my share of stuff/bad guys when I was a kid, either with a plastic gun, or a tree branch if necessary.  As long as he understands the difference between reality and fantasy, and knows your family's values, he'll be just fine.

Maybe he's good at the tech side of it all, too.  Maybe he can solve your mod-crashing problem for you.  The future is tech, after all.  Let him get a start on the hardware/software parts of gaming.

"…you just keep on trying 'til you run out of cake."

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What a dad is right! My own would come home from his high-powered auto industry exec job and sit with Marcus and I as we played Mystery House, earnestly discussing the puzzles. And we turned out okay.

 

Introducing a young kid to gaming is a great experience. We want more details as they arise, Ernest!

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Gaming does not work out as an entertainment for my children! No, no, no, no, no! They both tend to live life mainly in their imaginations, and when the whole video game mentality starts exiting the mind and manifesting in the world at large, it is not pretty! Which is to say, video gaming turns them rotten, and they are completely incapable of playing a little here, a little there—it's immediately a full-blown obsession. YMMV.

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Two days ago day mom was steaming at pedestrians sauntering the crosswalk and I offered my take, that people are stupid and people driving giant metal cans have a good way to stupidly kill me so I give them right of way and hustle across streets when clear. She doubled over laughing. "Finkbug, do you hold open doors and put street trash in the can next to it?" "Ya mom, of course." "You don't dawdle in crosswalks because it's rude. That's what you were taught."

Give kids the basics and they'll be fine, even if they forgot why. My folks scored 2.5 of 3 fine upstanding citizens. (The .5 plays videos games. YMMV)

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Ditto Jen. Our issue is one of hyperactivity and attention disorders, and computer games bring a moment of peace as attention is laser focused elsewhere for a while, the downside is an epic multiday biyotch. Integral to this is some form of inability to filter input, resulting in fear and nightmares over the most innocuous things. It has been a while since we tried popular movies, but I am astonished at Ben's ability to manage the imagery in HL2. I'm not saying exposing him to this is a bad thing, only remarking that the range of adaptive abilities of children is rather large.

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I don't know if my dad had much of a childhood - but he's been discovering one ever since he hit about 50, and I bought him a remote control car for his birthday, and for a couple of birthdays after I bought him some computer games (like F1 and Cruisin USA on the N64 etc), and other practically useless, but enjoyable, presents.  He was always a pretty straight arrow, and it's good to see him kick back and relax a little now.

 

A few of my friends have kids, and some of them seem to struggle balancing games and real life.  Don't know how I'd go with children... probably something along the lines of "ok, enough on the playstation, you have homework to do - and besides, it's my turn on there".

A man goes to knowledge as he goes to war, wide awake, with fear, with respect, and with absolute assurance. – The Teachings of Don Juan

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Jarrod said:

A few of my friends have kids, and some of them seem to struggle balancing games and real life. 


It's a pretty easy balance: the kids get all of it.

 

 Parents don't need 3D gaming.

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