I been thinking a lot latley about kids and games. That probably sounds dodgy lol, but I will explain.
My sister bought a Wii Mini. I warned her against it fervently because a second-hand Wii was cheaper and I could mod it to work like mine does. But no, she went and bought the Wii Mini. Which does absolutely nothing except play Wii games. No Wi-Fi, no GameCube, no SD slot, no nothing. It has one USB port and I imagine that is to retain functionality in games that require a USB microphone, or in games like Skylanders which use that USB portal thing. But she has kids. Two of them. My nieces. The eldest, Emelia, who is 6, already loved to play games. She was always on my phone and always asking me to put Sonic on her TV. But since my sister has had the Wii, Emelia has been on it non stop. And it’s amazing for me to watch just how quickly she picks stuff up. She can already play Mario Kart Wii AND come 1st on various different levels, even beating me, which is the most astonishing part. She knows how to play the Wii Play game, although there are a couple she doesn’t like to do. She knows how to play New Super Mario Bros. and she immediately picked up Sonic & Sega All Stars Racing, although for the most part the controls are identical to Mario Kart. I find All Stars harder than Mario Kart, but on the first go she had … 1st place.
It really makes you realize that kids aren’t stupid. She’s at that age now where I can show her the games I used to love playing when I was young, and its such a cool thing to see a kid enjoy something that you enjoyed. Eventually she will want to try different things, and I’ve got plenty of games to show her.
I don’t have kids. I want kids, at some point. I know I’m not ready at the moment, I’m still getting my own life together. But I can’t wait to be able to share the things I love, the things I grew up … you know?
The phrase “they grow so quickly” is so true.