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Tuesday, August 7, 2012

On Creepers at the Dinner Table

If you have a male child in your house you probably can sympathize with the shmuck I hear myself saying lately...

"No, we cannot play Minecraft at the dinner table."

"I don't want to hear another word about a Creeper."

"Please don't talk about making cow traps anymore."

"No more computer for a week!"

"Yes, it is as hot as the Nether today."

"Wait til I get your daddy to disconnect the X-Box!"

Their artwork for the school fundraiser was even of GLaDOS (from Portal.) 
Yeah, Lovely isn't she?


They get so incredibly sucked in.
 
At our local Cub Scout camp I had to laugh when the geologist giving a talk about mineral hardness said diamonds were the hardest on the Mohs scale and the boys all looked confused and said "But what about Obsidian?  Isn't it harder?"  (Minecraft strikes again...)

I honestly just don't get it.  (Of course, I can't even play Mario without getting dizzy.)
I was thinking about how my generation (forty-ish's) is probably the last one that just played outside.  I mean "Back in My Day" video games were still played in a social settting.  If you wanted to play the latest game you went to the arcade and met your buddies there.  Your dollars would run out and you'd inevitably end up playing a game of kick-ball or football or something.   Only the elite few had a game system in their houses and, let's face it, the games were so incredibly boring no one wanted to stick around playing them for very long.  Pong, anyone?

But, my brother's generation was hooked.   By the time he was a teen home game systems were already fairly elaborate.  (But they still went outside!)

My kids?  I have to unplug everything to get them to play outside.  I honestly love the days when they are "in trouble" and have all technology taken away.  (A lot lately.) 
ThinkGeek.com

If our generation had the technology our kids do would we still be the same?
Nope.  I don't think so.
I think instead of calling friends to ride bikes or swim, or go play "tennis ball" (our version of baseball with a tennis raquet- meant to prolong the game) we might have been sucked into the virtual worlds too.  I probably would have been reading on a Nook or surfing the web (or blogging.)  My buddies probably would be Minecraft or Portal freaks like my own kids.  And cell phones?  Wow.

Makes me a little scared.   Makes me want to not connect the TV at the new house and secretly lose the games in the move.

Of course, I'd have to lose my iPad and computer too...  (now who's obsessed.)

 





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