I've Never Played A Video Game

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.

I think.


Anonymous said...

We don't have a wii, but my bro does and guitar hero is awesome. Sorry I know that is not helping your resolve.

Marie said...

I am also trying to not jump on the Wii train. My son has a game cube and does not play it. I had this discussion with him last night and he assured me that if he had a wii that it would be played all the time...yeah right..by me.

Anonymous said...

Is this the part where I tell you that Busy D. can (and, I'm not exaggerating, either) school me at both Wii Golf and Bowling?

Meredith said...

Ditto on the video games for our 6 yr old, though I do let him play games on Lego.com for reward.

He can change the channels, but that's pretty easy since our tv only has 6!

Amy said...

Busy: I know Shark would love the sports games on Wii, and Guitar Hero too. We'd need some rule about it like, you can only Wii on the weekends (hee hee).

BlondeMomBlog (Jamie) said...

We are also Wiiless although Miss C is getting a Nintendo DS that mommy, I mean Santa, scored at a conference in the spring.

My girls like to play NickJr.com and also PBS.org has some fun free games, but that's about the extent of their gamer game.

I'd like a Wii Fit but we are going to hold out for now because I have a feeling we'd all be fighting over it.

Could get ugly!

BlondeMomBlog (Jamie) said...

Oh and anyone with little girls? Do check out BellaSara.com. It's really quite cool. I mean not that I want to feed or groom online horses or anything. Cough.

Anonymous said...

OMG, I think the Wii was our best family purchase. And Rock Band and WiiFit and MarioKart Wii are hysterically fun to play.

And I'm not a "gamer-mom" either.

I think youngest was 6 when we got our Wii....

Anonymous said...

I was hesitant when my husband brought home a Wii this spring. I didn't want the kids sitting in front of the TV for hours when they should be active and playing.
Wii ROCKS. I've broken out more of a sweat boxing and playing baseball than I do working out. The kids LOVE it.
I will caution, I did spend an entire day playing Guitar Hero. It is highly addictive!

Lori said...

We have no gaming devices either. I think I would like to keep it that way for now. The boys aren't allowed to touch the computer either. Ours know how to turn on and off the tv and the receiver only to find the weather channel starring back at them.

My nephew has a Wii and it does look like a lot of fun. I've never played but have seriously laughed my tail off watching Daddy-O try to play.

Heather said...

Hang on. My brain just fell out over the idea of never having owned a gaming system of any time.

Will be back with thoughts soon.

Heather said...

We got our Wii last year and I love it. It's so much fun. We have a good time playing bowling together as a family.

You should see Wally and I get all competitive with each other in tennis. Such a turn on!

MarioKart is fun (get the steering wheel!). I could go on and on, but obviously I love the Wii much better than our Playstation.

Amy said...

Heather, HRH: Wait. You say there is a marital turn-on potentially involved here?

Hum. Maybe P won't mind so much this Wii thing...

Anonymous said...

We're right there with you, and have an (almost) teenager in the house. No game system, no game boy, no computer games (except math brain and quia, in the hopes that it will enrich their brains. But those are both homework for 1, 2 and 3.) Of course, #1 has a much better grasp of the complicated remote than I do (sweetheart, could you please get out of bed and start Mommy's Pride and Prejudice DVD?).

T. and Shark can compare notes on how deprived they are. Or, if you change your mind, T. is coming home with you to play!

MJ said...

All I have to say is that I haven't had a gaming system since they invented the original Nintendo in 1990 but now I am addicted to Wii and I don't even have one! I think I might have to join a support group!

PMKU said...

Love the video! We have had this debate all year long. Like you we don't have ANY type of game system not even a hand held. We do have computer games but we pretty much limit the amount of time. My dh thought Wii because the games are interactive. I've hear guitar hero is awesome and our son sampled it while at an Apple store in the mall. Not sure what to do! We have such little time as it is and I hate to throw money at anything that isn't going to get good use.

Michelle Smiles said...

I don't play video games but my hubby is a geek. He loves guitar hero and i have to admit it is fun.

Felicia said...

I'm don't play video games either... except for the night I stayed up till 5 a.m. playing Wii. I am asking Santa for a Wii this year!

Sarahviz said...

I'm envious. 2 out of 3 of mine know how to work the remote AND the DVR. We didn't teach them. It's something innate, I swear.

(And we're getting a Wii from my parents for Christmas. Wii Fit, here I come! Right.)

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