Saturday, January 12, 2008

Random thoughts on kids and video games

It's 1:15 in the morning and I am still up. I have always found sleep to be elusive. My wonderful mother always suggests that I should go to a sleep clinic, I am not sure they would ever let me out. Too much fun to study.

I think one of the reasons I have trouble sleeping is that I can't shut my brain off. It just keeps going. I was watching my girls tonight as they decided to play with the Wii before they went to bed. It's funny - my wife gave me Guitar Hero 3 as a present and the kids spend more time playing it than I do. Katie is fun to watch because she gets her face really screwed up as she concentrates on the notes. She doesn't hold it like a normal guitar - she lays it on the ground and uses it more like a game controller. Her hands are too small for it otherwise. Kimmy plays it like a real guitar and they have formed their own band. They made a team and they are now going through the section where you earn money by playing the songs well.

It is amazing how quickly they learn. The lesson I will impart tonight is that for those of you who are older than 30 and have children play the video games as soon as you get them. This will be the only time you can beat them. Your children will pick up the moves rather quickly and there goes your chance. They really like when they can beat their dad. I like the look on their face when they do. Of course, it makes me want to try harder - but rarely am I successful once they get good at a game.

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