With such a busy day (and week, actually), and me operating on very little sleep this morning, while trying to get ready for a day-long Super Bowl party, I managed to squeak in a little gaming action. Unfortunately, my seven year old was playing games on the living room, and because I really didn't feel like kicking him off just so I could play a random game, I figured I would play with him, since it was a game I haven't used for this project anyway.
He was playing Kung Fu Panda, which was the first game, along with Lego Indiana Jones, we got for the Xbox 360 several years ago, as it came packed in with the system. There is nothing really to the game; it's just your typical movie tie-in platformer. I also can't say I really enjoyed playing the game, but I did enjoy playing with my boy, so that counts for something, right?
The one thing I took most from the game is that it is the perfect benchmark to display how good he is getting at playing video games. It was always a game he wanted to play when he was just starting to get into games, but because platformers suck for kids that are still learning what hand/eye coordination is - even if it is an easy game - he was never really good at it and would often get stuck doing simple missions. Sometimes all it took was rotating the camera to get a better view, or double-jumping instead of just jumping once.
Today, though, he was flying through it. It's been a while since he played it, but it was like he's been grinding away at it for weeks. Sure, he had a few hiccups here and there, but he is seven, after all.
So what did I actually play? Well, we passed the controller back and forth to play different sections. And I also took the reigns when he needed assistance, so he wouldn't rage quite or anything like that.
It was fun, overall. I'm glad I got to play it with him. It's moments like these where it is really fun being a gamer dad, and a dad of gamers.