Wrap your mind around this:
We do not, and never have, owned a gaming system of any kind. No Nintendo or X-Box or PlayStation or whatever. For all I know some of those things I just listed are actually the same thing. I know n.o.t.h.i.n.g. about gaming systems.
Our kids don't play games on the computer either. Shark has a construction equipment game that he likes but almost never plays.
Our kids don't know how to turn on the televisions or change the channels. Now, in part this is due to vastly complicated systems for such seemingly simple maneuvers, but still. If Shark wants SpongeBob (or as Bear says "Habbob") he has to ask. And he's six and a half.
It's a pain every time a new show comes on that he doesn't like (MOM IT'S HANNAH MONTANA COME AND CHANGE THE CHANNEL BEFORE MY MANHOOD IS THREATENED AND MY EARS BLEED!!!!) to have to stop what I'm doing and change it for him, but still. He doesn't know how to use the remote control.
It doesn't seem to have even occured to him that he could operate the television himself. Playing a DVD? That's clearly a job for a grown-up. And he's not asked for a gaming system.
I think this is 1) weird and 2) a blessing. And I know it can't last.
This Christmas I'm using my limited willpower skills to resist getting a Wii. I read about all your Wiis (heh - that sounds funny) and I think, "Wow, Wii Fit sounds amazing! I'd exercise more if I had that." (*cough*forlikeaweek)
Then I saw something that made me 100% certain that I'd exercise more with a Wii, but not with Wii Fit.
With Guitar Hero, baby! Oh, yeah, the 14-year old boy in me would ROCK OUT while the 40-something mommy would feel the burn!
Alex Rodriguez, Michael Phelps, Kobe Bryant, and Tony Hawk demonstrate:
Now, damn, that just looks like fun.
Hold out on gaming until Shark catches on to this missing piece of his childhood (poor, deprived thing) or ask Santa for a Wii?
I'll hold out.