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The Politics of Gaming

My roommate, the cardmaster, has a Nintendo 64. With this machine he has proven to me just how addictive some of the simpler kid-aimed games can be really freakin' amusing, especially when played with a group.

Mario Party has led to many hours of entertainment for us and our friends. Well, he'd only had 2 controllers for a while. For Christmas I bought him a 3rd, figuring it would be a good present. Well ... turns out his other 2 were on long-term loan to someone who needed to be reminded to return them. He already had the maximum of 4. Whoops. So knowing how much of a hit the first Mario Party was, I got him the sequel. Nice, easy to play, and involving.

We got 2 visitors Sunday, and the cardmaster and I and our two visitors played the game (maybe 2 hours). My girlfriend watched for a while, then wandered off to do some reading for her homework. After a total luck move won me the game, we broke for dinner. We opted to play again after dinner. For the second game I figured I'd duck some of the heat I was picking up and talked my girlfriend into taking my seat on the promise that I'd take over after a while "when" she wanted me to. She got involved with it, and the gang of four had a blast. She played the whole game. I just spectated and kept myself occupied and in the room. Commented here and there.

But it was good to watch my girlfriend playing a game and getting social. She didn't carry on about it, but she was definitely relaxed and getting into the vibe.

All from an electronic virtual board game for kids 8 and up.

I'm getting better at noticing ways to make sure she gets included in things. And you only have to help something along so many times before it starts to become the habit.

I can hope.

- Pookah


( 3 comments — Leave a comment )
Feb. 12th, 2001 12:40 pm (UTC)
boys and their controllers.
Feb. 12th, 2001 01:17 pm (UTC)
That made me laugh, I don't know why. =)

I'm occasionally low on suggestions of other participatory events that I can get the babe to join in without her ever taking center stage, something she seems to avoid on general principle if the realization kicks in.

- Pookah
Feb. 12th, 2001 01:28 pm (UTC)

A limerick by me.
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