The one in which Mum is pretty cool

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One of the things that happens as your offspring get a bit bigger is that they’re less interested in hanging out with you and more interested in their friends and computer games.

In our house one of the rivals for my affections is a rectangular box. The XBox 360.

Although Man of the House is only too happy to join in (!) I haven’t really had much to do with it apart from making sure the family security settings are on, which is incredibly easy to do.

So on Friday I decided to try a bit of bonding over a game. No 1 Son loves teaching stuff, and our conversation went something like this:

Him: Press the round button on the left Mum.  No not that button Mum. The one on the left.
Me: Oops.
Then:
Him: Press the button on the top of the controller Mum.
Me: Which button?
Then:
Him: Look at the screen Mum. Look at what’s happening on screen.
Me: Why are they going the wrong way?
Him: Because you’re moving them in the wrong direction.

And so on. Still it was fun, and by the end of our training session I was sort of getting the hang of it. ‘That was pretty cool, Mum,’ No 1 Son said. I was feeling all warm inside until I asked what age the game we were playing – Viva Pinata – is aimed at. ‘3plus,’ he replied. 


Meanwhile, we already have an early entry for the Christmas present stakes. It’s the new Xbox 360 gaming experience, aka Project Natal (for now). We’ve been treated to a sneak preview of it and it’s absolutely brilliant. 

Basically it enables you to play a game without touching a controller – it tracks your body and responds to your commands, and you use your whole body to play. Because it’s so interactive (you have to move around a lot) it’s also incredibly energetic, which is definitely a good thing for kids.

And their mums.

written by Liz Jarvis

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3 Responses to The one in which Mum is pretty cool

  1. PippaD @ A Mothers Ramblings says:

    What you need to do is wait until everyone is in bed, then sneak down and practice practice practice! Not that thats what I do or anything…

  2. Karin @ Cafe Bebe says:

    Ooh, how cool is that Project Natal?? I’m such rubbish with computer games and stuff. I grew up in the Atari age- pong…PacMan…this video game stuff makes me feel REALLY old. Thankfully Little Miss has yet to touch a controller which is just fine with me. I do plan on teaching her a lot of computer stuff though…maybe we’ll have her blogging soon! I know she’ll be able to teach her Daddy a thing or two in the not too distant future as he HATES email and the internet! 😉 I’m in no rush for her to grow up tho! 😉 Well done you for making an effort, though! 😉

  3. Bev says:

    Quite like the sound of this, like the wii only no controls. Like anything that gets the kids moving around. Now if just could get round to opening the wii fit plus game disc I could practice what i preach!!

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