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February 2019 Retro Gaming Article

February 23, 2019 Retro Gaming Blog Post:

If you share your hobbies with your kids, share your time too

Share your hobbies with your kids
Spend time, not money. Our week-long staycation brought back some old classics and a few new games.
Every time my son comes to visit, I realize how similar we are in many respects. He's taken on some of my interests, but he always teaches me a few things as well. He's at an age where he has his own Nintendo Switch and chooses games he finds interesting. My influence may be there, but he has a unique taste in video games, which is very cool to see.

I introduced him to West Of Loathing, Horizon Chase Turbo, and Smugglecraft, while he presented Ultimate Chicken Horse, Drawful 2, and Super Smash Bros. We had a blast and this included Paperboy on the NES and Wizard Of Wor on the Atari 800 computer.

Recently, I bought a new rechargeable battery system for Wiimotes - included 2 rechargeable batteries and a charger for two wiimotes. This renewed our interest in the Wii and we promptly dug up Rampage Total Destruction and a slew of Gamecube games. A few false-starts got us back to our favorite Super Monkey Ball game for Gamecube and we were both reliving a great time we shared a few years back.

Its fun to think my son already has gaming memories of games we once loved and now come back to. Mine date back to Yar's Revenge on the Atari 2600 and his go back to his first gaming console - the Wii.

The lesson I learned is sharing hobbies with your kids is great, but combine that with your time. Share your time with your kids. Regardless what you do together, they'll love it more if you spend your time with them. Time is the one thing we can never get back. Spend it wisely :)

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