Have I ever mentioned my son Odin?
Have I told you he is 3?
Of course I have, too many times to count.
We have also joked about me training him to farm for me.
That hasn’t happened yet… Yet.
Until recently he hasn’t been allowed to play on the PC.
- It’s not that I fear that he will break it.
- It’s not that he would be eating into my play time.
- It’s not even the fear he will discover my wife’s porn collection.
It’s just that my wife didn’t want him growing up stuck to the PC.
- Square eyes from too much TV – ok.
- Broken limbs from falling out of trees – every kid should do it.
- Farm gold for Daddy – no way!
As a result when he finally badgered me enough to play on the PC (He carefully waited until she was out), his computer skills were the equivalent of my cooking skills.
After spending hours of playing the games for him (he would sit in my lap and place his hand over mine on the mouse and bark out instructions), I finally stumbled a cross a game he could and wanted to play on his own.
- Simple point and click interface
My Government came to the rescue with a game based on a kids TV show I have never heard of… Thank you My ABC!
- He starts the PC himself
- Starts the browser himself (he even started WoW for me this morning (/rubs hands in glee)
- Browses the games and tries them out.
- Has a basic character recognition, he knows the words: Play, Start, Retry, Print (don’t press), Back, Quit and many more.
- Wubbzy even says…
It’s Hammering Time!
Although I am sure he means something else
Best of all, he isn’t a keyboard turner!
Bring on the boss fight!
Although at times his attention span is short and he will quit out of a game before it has completely loaded, he has one major advantage over 80% of WoW players…
He doesn’t mind a wipe!
It must be the 3 year old “I fell out of the tree, let me get up and try again” mentality.
When he wipes in a game, he cheerfully restarts it and has another go, as many goes as his attention span will permit.
Word of advice:
Next time you reach your 3rd wipe on that progression boss, don’t pull out the alts, pull out the kids.
They won’t mind wiping (ghost form will be a different look… Just like dress ups) and their quick minds will work out the boss mechanics before bosskillers has even loaded.
The only problems I can foresee are:
- Petitioning Blizzard 4 times a night for them to replace the ugly T10 items they threw away.
- Repair bills
- Fighting for your turn in game (believe it or not, it’s hard to control the mouse with a screaming 3 year old wrapped around you ankle trying to pull you away from the PC)
Gnomer and Out!
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