I have two boys, aged 3 and 6. And even though they are boys, I have never previously bought them any gaming systems. I never got them an Xbox 360 or Playstation or Wii. No Nintendo DS or any handheld games. The only thing I got my oldest son was a V-Reader, but that is more of a story reader type thing.
I’ve been trying to avoid the inevitable. The glassy eyed staring at a TV for all hours of the day, playing games in which they are chasing and shooting and blowing up other characters on the screen. They are boys. I know that eventually they are going to want to play those types of violent shooting killing games. Is it too much to ask that we delay that until they are teenagers? That’s not unreasonable, right?
Well, recently my oldest has been interested in computer games. First, it started with some basic free games he played on the computer while his dad was working in his office. Soccer or Tetris type games. Nothing violent and nothing that involved playing other people through the computer. But recently, he has become obsessed with these games. He wakes up in the morning and it is the first thing he wants to do. When I check to see what types of games he is playing, I see that he is playing something where a shark is leaping out of the water to kill people in boats and blow up ships. (To which he tells me that he is trying to avoid the boats with people and if he does blow them up, he is only getting the bad guys). I see banner ads on the bottom of the screen which say “Do you like this game YES NO” which my son would never know was an ad that would take him to another site if he clicks on it. I fear him finding a game where there is someone else out there that he is playing against. I fear predators. And I fear he is obsessed with being on the computer.
So, the hubs and I decided it was finally time to get a system. We needed to be able to control our son’s playing time and what he was playing. We thought maybe for my son’s birthday in June. But while the hubs was away last week, I realized how obsessed my kid was with the computer games and realized that we needed to get a system immediately. I happened to mention this to a colleague who was moving and she told me that she would be willing to sell me her Wii because she never used it anymore. She not only had the Wii, but the Fit and a bunch of games and she gave me all of it for a very good deal.
So, as of Sunday afternoon, we finally were part of the Wii-nation. Woo-hoo!! We are so current and with the times, y’all. I might have to celebrate by doing the Dougie and wearing my Jams! My son has already been playing all of the games, and of course his favorite is the shooting tanks game. Great. Problem solved, right? I personally like the fishing game and the riding the cows game (see how technical I am now?) and even the pool game, but I sort of suck at that one. Oh well, I only just started. I am looking forward to trying some of the Fit stuff and even the Zumba I borrowed from my secretary. Maybe I can play my way to a smaller ass along with keeping my son from becoming a computer playing zombie. Win-win?
Although, according to the hubs when I talked to him this morning, we are of course now having issues with the stupid thing. Maybe because it has been sitting unplayed for a year and it needs to be updated/cleaned/wiped? I don’t know. But a couple of the games are not working, including one completely brand new plastic sealed one, so I know it’s not the games. Hmmm. Anyone else have any issues with their Wii and any tips they can share? I know I’m pretty much the last person on the planet to get one of these things so I’m hoping all of you more experienced people out there (yes, I just called you all Wii-sluts), can help a sister out. My son is already obsessed with the thing and I would hate to have to give it back because it doesn’t work so much. I mean . . . we already made our Mii’s and everything!!