This week marked 20 years since the release of the Sony PlayStation. Gaming’s come a long way, but I have too – I’m now married and I have a five year old son. I’ve lived during the lifespans of four Sony PlayStation consoles and a handheld. But somehow, this isn’t the only gaming birthday that shows my age.
When I heard that the PlayStation turned 20, I thought about what I was doing back then. I was sitting in my friend’s living room, playing the “PlayStation Picks” demo disc – featuring games like Jumping Flash, ESPN Xtreme Games and Wipeout. I was playing a CD-based system for only the second time – the first, of course, was the SEGA CD, which next October will be 23 years old.
If you sit and think about all of the video game birthdays that pass by every year, it’ll break your brain.
Very soon, I’ll be returning home from Afghanistan, where I’ve been deployed away from my family for nearly a year. Let me tell you that I am absolutely thrilled to see my wife and kiddos, and I bet they are stoked to have me home as well.
I’m fortunate that this is only my first deployment, and also that it will likely be my last for some time. For a lot of American military families, this is not the case, and some military members with multiple deployments have been away for three, four, even FIVE years of their childrens’ lives.
The sweetest part of a military deployment is probably the homecoming, where we reunite with the people in our lives that we love most. Amidst the countdowns and preparations, a lot is built up around having the family intact again. Military parents make plans just as much as I am sure the children do. I’ve got some plans of my own that I thought I would like to share at 8BD. So here’s a list of the 5 things I can’t wait to do with my kids once I get home from Afghanistan.
As a first time parent, long term man, I was super stoked to decorate my daughter’s soon-to-be room, months before my wife’s due date. I painted it a two-tone pink with Disney-branded paint completed by a Disney princess wall border and hot pink baseboard. My wife and I picked out this decent-looking set of white furniture including a crib with vertical slats. We obviously wanted to make her room and the crib as comfortable and as safe as possible, and we also didn’t want the room to look like 1994 Hobo Humpin’ Slobo Babe.
We saw a Disney bed set that matched all the other pink sh*t in the room and thought that we had to get it. It looked great. It really tied the room together, like a nice Persian rug.
Now I wish we never would have bought it.
Marnia Robinson of the Good Men Project recently talked about the fact that porn ain’t the same as it used to be, and what that might mean scientifically for your kid (and you!). Chances are that your generation of porn was far more “out there” than that of your father. Imagine what your kid’s in for.
Or, as Marnia puts it: “Who’s gonna get excited by Pac-Man when he has been playing Grand Theft Auto or Halo 3?”
Coincidentally, if anyone has any Halo porn, send it my way. I mean, in the name of science, of course.
Some of you are reading this and thinking “no kidding, you think I’m going to let my kid play Halo: Reach?” But you’d be surprised how many parents out there still don’t pay attention to the ESRB ratings of games, and are fooled by the idea that violence in space is not violence.
You know, the whole “tree falls in forest” thing. If someone gets their head cut off in space, did it truly count as violence?
What makes this review especially tough is that Halo: Reach is a great game, and it’s really fun. But it’s just not appropriate for kids. It’s probably more violent than other games in the Halo series, and because of that, you should be wary of it when your 10 year old tells you that everyone’s playing it and he’s GOT to have it. Read on for the full review.