My favorite thing about being a father is having fun with my son. I love to laugh with him, and it certainly gets a good laugh when I go down a slide that I’m clearly too big for.

But this wouldn’t be 8BitDad without me mentioning that I remember playing video games with my dad. When I was a kid, we’d play NES adventure classics like The Legend of Zelda and StarTropics together. We’d even play Street Fighter II together later when I got a Sega Genesis.

These days, every kid’s got video games, but it’s still a special experience to share them with my son. And when my son plays games like Street Fighter IV or The Legend of Zelda: The Skyward Sword, it reminds me of the generational link between my father and I, and my son and I.


Simple moments pass down like that. It’s the (hashtag!) “Power of Dad”. Someday, my son will be playing with his kid the same way I played with him, and the same way that I played with my father. Maybe they’ll be playing Street Fighter VII. Maybe it’ll be a new Legend of Zelda game. But I know my son will think of me and say to his son or daughter, “you know, your grandpa and I used to play this game with each other when I was little.”

Here are a couple of pics from my #PowerOfDad series, plus an old one of my son playing Street Fighter II because I can’t resist:

Life of Dad recently teamed up with Oral-B to inspire dad bloggers like me to think about what we consider to be the #PowerOfDad (see? I told you there’d be a hashtag!). They did it for Father’s Day, but I was busy. Sue me.

I’ve just been notified by my legal department that I actually am being sued*. That didn’t work out well, did it?!

Anywho, if you’re a fan of dads and their kids smiling and having a great time in slow-mo, then Oral-B created the best video in the world:

Right? Slow-mo gets me every time. I suspect that’s why they use it.

Also notable: Procter & Gamble (benevolent overlord of Oral-B) has partnered with March of Dimes for the second year in a row, as well as members of “Football’s First Family” (their words, not mine), New York Giants’ quarterback Eli Manning, his father Archie, and his daughter Ava – to celebrate fatherhood’s little moments.

I’m also being advised by my legal team to mention that Oral-B has released one of the most technological toothbrushes in the history of planet Earth (no data has been given for other planets). The Oral-B 7000 BLACK doesn’t just sound futuristic, sleek and powerful. It has all sorts of stuff like “quadrant pacing”, which tells you how long to brush the four corners of your mouth, a tongue cleaner mode, for when you say too many bad words, and it “features 8,800 oscillations per minute and 40,000 pulsations per minute to create shearing forces for excellent cleaning efficacy.”

Dudes, the future is here, and its name is Oral-B 7000 BLACK. Capital B, capital L, capital A, capital C, capital K. Exclamation mark. Booyah.

Okay, so that was a little over the top. But I’ve been told that this thing “accelerates to top speed faster than a race car.” So I don’t think I’m exaggerating when I say that this toothbrush is necessary if you don’t want to be on your death bed telling your grandchildren that you had to have all of your teeth removed and wish you’d brushed more.

It’s just that simple. My grandfather had great teeth. I’m just bragging now.

I’ve been authorized to extend a coupon to you for $7 off of this Oral-B 7000 BLACK beast. And you, dear friends, can click here to redeem it.

Quick, man…you don’t want your teeth falling out. You need them for the toothy selfie you’ll take when you and your kid beat your first video game together!

Obvious disclosure: I partnered with Oral-B and Life of Dad, LLC for the #PowerOfDad Father’s Day promotion and was compensated for my involvement. But unless otherwise noted, the words and sentiments are all mine.

* I am not really being sued.