There are people who are very dismissive of games and gamers. ~Jane McGonigal
Kyle loves his video games, a fact I’ve reluctantly accepted for a few years now. As the days pass by, Kyle seems to exude more passion for these video games. His choices in digital entertainment are also more advanced and are taken to the next level with each new video interest. I mean, unbeknownst to mom, Gigi Our Original Gamer – Pac-Man she paved the way for our little gamer.
My sister is also a video game fan, as are many of her friends. She plays the Wii and Sony Playstation (PS3). I don’t believe she has an XBox 360, but for all I know, she could. I really don’t get into gaming, nor do I have an interest except for the dance games. Yes I LOVE dancing around to the video games. My favorite? The Michael Jackson Experience! Love his music, love his dance moves. That’s as far as my gaming interests are peeked.
When I was younger, I loved Atari. My game of choice? Frogger! Even as much as I loved that game, I still was not a typical gamer, investing large stents of time into the virtual world. Not then, and most certainly not now.
This past New Year’s, I told Kyle I’d play him a few video games, you know moving me out of my comfort zone and sacrificing a small amount of time for Kyle’s happiness. I tried to get excited and I wish I really wanted to play, but alas, I could not. One would think the shooting games would keep my interest, but nope. Not even my beloved childhood friend, Frogger could build my yearning to play. There was absolutely no desire. Truly, I just wanted to watch a movie, read a book, write or do anything else. I kind of felt bad for Kyle, for all he wanted to do was play video games, and not just play, but play with me. That’s his favorite way of spending time with us. We did agree on a few exciting games of Trouble and the good old stable, Chess, but I retired the video games after a a few rounds. Kyle is lucky to have his Aunt Nikki, for she is the only one who shares video game enthusiasm.
Yes, Nicole can sit there for hours and play video games, and she enjoys it! Sometimes Kyle and Nicole play each other online. Kyle does get a kick out the time spent online with his Aunt Nikki, and will literally plan evenings with my sister. Granted, she is a busy person, so those evenings are far and few between, as least in Kyle’s eyes, but she does try to hang in the virtual world with our little man as much as possible. In fact, this past Sunday night, Kyle was all excited to play my sister online. He called her all weekend, nudging her along, making sure she downloaded said game, I believe it was Mine Craft, and re-confirmed his reservation to ensure there was no miscommunication. Too funny! While I was sick all weekend, he was planning for his big night online with his Aunt Nikki.
A couple of weekends ago, Kyle and I stopped in to Best Buy to purchase a camera for my company Thrill of the Hunt. As I was speaking to the sales associate, Kyle mentioned he was going to peruse headsets, whatever that meant. He came back with this simple headset containing a movable microphone. Being elated over his find, Kyle went off on how much he loved it and needed the piece of equipment, at least that’s what he told me. Great! (I was happy for him, but not really that excited.)
Next thing I knew, Kyle pulled out his own chain wallet, courtesy of his pappy (my dad) and proceeded to get in line to pay for his purchase. My little man is growing up too fast! At the same time, he took my phone and proceeded to call my sister letting her know he was now in business. I looked at the young sales associate assisting me and said, “Do you play video games?” Without hesitating and giving me a confused look, he replied with confidence, “O yes!” Great, I’m the minority. Of course I was in Best Buy, the hub for computer geeks. I should ask that question when I’m in Barnes and Noble and see what kind of answer I get.
What did he need the headset for? Apparently, Kyle has graduated from simple playing video games on his laptop and iPod, to playing online with his friends. On a side note, he is not permitted to play with anyone he doesn’t personally know that either goes to school with him or is a family friend. Kyle doesn’t really understand my reasoning, but he respects my instructions, at least for now.
This past Friday, Kyle arranged to play Mind Craft with this friends. What? He scheduled a time to play video games online? Yep! I’m glad Kyle has an interest, and I’m very happy he has friends to share that passion, but I can honestly say, I don’t get it. I would be happier if he was socializing with his friends at someone’s house and happen to be playing video games, but he’s enjoying life and I’m happy for him. And the headset? It’s to talk to his friends while they play. I guess I should be happy for that line of communication too.
Kyle gets into reading as much as he does his video games. That’s our shared interest, books, as well as snowboarding! Maybe the gaming is just a minor difference in interest. I wish he would get into running or hiking like I do, but I can’t have everything. After all, he’s not me, he’s his own person. And fine young man he is!