Revisiting Video Games & Violence With djWHEAT & Seven Year Old Son
Back in January, 2011, we put up a video of podcaster djWHEAT teaching his then-five year old son how to play StarCraft II.
Just yesterday, djWHEAT put up the “full episode” of his son (aptly named miniWHEAT) playing CS:GO, the latest in the Counter-Strike series. And if it doesn’t make you want to get your lil’un on an FPS, I don’t know what will.
But more than just make me think “man I can’t wait to do that with my son,” it made me mentally retread the ‘ol video games and violence conversation.
Here’s the vid from djWHEAT’s YouTube channel:
Not long ago, my four year old turned to me and asked “daddy, can you teach me how to play Call of Duty?” And in the gamer-dad way, it melted my heart. I mean, the answer was still “no”, but it melted my heart.
When I watch miniWHEAT’s improvement in the game, I might start making the case in my household to get my son into an FPS earlier than I’d planned. I don’t have a problem with kids playing (most) violent games as long as I’m there with him, explaining things and talking about feelings, fears and reality versus unreality.
djWHEAT, or Marcus Graham if you’re reading his birth certificate (and why are you, you freak?), is a podcaster at OneMoreGame.tv, and an ex-pro gamer. So I would think that he’s beginning to have conversations with his son about gaming. And I know the conversations vary from parent to parent, so in his own way, he’s showed his child that what he plays stays on the screen.
What’s that? You want to know what I think about video games and violence in a more long-form way? Why I’m glad you mentioned it; I’ve got two pieces up on the internet about it on HLN and The Good Men Project.
So, seeing miniWHEAT playing CS:GO is something to me – as a gamer and a father – that’s special. Kids play video games. And parents oversee it. Right now, CS:GO is more like CS:NO for my son. But there will come a time when I’ll just have to start training my son to compete in MLG competitions. Because if I can’t get my son into a competitive gaming league, what kind of digital dad am I?