So we are back after the Christmas break and as always I hope it went smoothly and without incident for my peeps. But no sooner has the hustle and bustle of Christmas ended but the next new thing has dropped in your lap. Yes mummy I want a Nintendo Switch. What is a Nintendo Switch you ask Little Timmy. Well it’s the replacement for the Nintendo WiiU. Yeah remember that games console that very few people wanted because there were very few games? Yes this is the upgrade.
Lets start off easy. What is the Switch. Well Nintendo describes it as “Nintendo Switch is designed to go wherever you do, transforming from home console to portable system in a snap. So you get more time to play the games you love, however you like.” Now to break that down into none marketing speak it is a tablet which you can plug controllers into and also plug into your tv to play your games. Now as a geeky dad I love this. This looks amazing. But as a dad I am worried about this also. I have 3 main problems and I shall address the reasons why I am not worried about each right now.
I love my child but he is a disaster at looking after things.
We all have a child who like to throw or generally kill all his / her toys. Well this has already been addressed and was even before the Switch was formally introduced on the 13th of Jan. There are cases for the controllers. Carry backs for the console and the controllers and probably much more in the line coming. Listen nothing is going to be indestructible and this is deffo a 300 Euro thing you do not want little Jane throwing down the stairs but it may happen and that is a real possibility. That is why I am so glad these accessories are actually tailored to helping kids protect their console and not just make it all nice and fancy.
I hear it will be online? I don’t want Timmy talking to weirdos.
We all have that fear that our child will be playing their favourite game and suddenly they are taking to their new friend Jason who is so nice until you realise Jason is a 40-year-old man trying to kidnap your child. Yes this has happened but we as parents have a secret weapon. Its us. I say this all the time in my job. Parents have to parent. You cannot expect Xbox or Playstation or Nintendo to parent for you. Get up off your ass and do the job you opened your legs or stuck it in there for. All new consoles have parental controls nowadays and Nintendo are not taking this lightly either. Their video above for their parent controls is great but also shows what we as parents should be doing. If you do not know how to then YouTube. I have full faith in the parental controls of my Xbox and Playstation and will also in my Switch because I did what I will always have to do and get up and look for information on how to.
Is it for the children or for the family?
Everything I have seen of the Switch seems to be tailored for both. Listen at the end of the day its Nintendo. Probably the very last family friendly video games company in the world. You will get Mario and you will get Sonic but with this console you will also finally get Fifa again and you can play it on the go. Whether that be going to work on your morning commute or while dad drives you to football practice. This looks like a great system and is something I think will definitely take off. We have been crying for high-end games like Mario and Sonic on a mobile device or years. Finally Nintendo have listened. The Switch is designed for shared play also. Its controller splits in two for you and you parents or friends to play together. Think about that. While other companies charge $60 for an extra controller Nintendo are giving you it buy one get 1 free.
My final thoughts on this are simple. i hope this does take off. We wanted it now we have it. It will be up to companies to produce quality games for the Switch but it will be up to people who buy it to make it a success. Only time will tell but for my two cents I will not be buying on day one but it might make a lovely Christmas present to myself.
Until next time live long and prosper.
Hey Guys and gals….
This week we are going to be looking at the 5 best board games for kids / families available at the moment. Now a lot of people have their favorite board games and I am one of those people but what I am looking for here is board games which have replay value and also you can easily pick up anywhere. We all know Speak Out and Pie Face are good games but really how many times are you going to be willing to continue to get hit by cream. A question every porn star gets asked?
Enough of that lets begin
How could we not start off with the classic pull a wooden stick out of a block of sticks and hope to god it doesn’t fall over classic which is Jenga. I love this because of 2 reasons. Its simple. There is no mad rules or set up. It takes 2 minutes to get going and the person to pull the stick out which topples it loses. Great fun. Secondly the replay value is emence. Seriously I have played this game for hours with my kids (well one of them, the other just wants to see destruction and knocks it down like a wrecking ball through my Miley Cyrus shaped heart.)
Such a simple and classic game. The rules are simple for any child to pick up and the reward of beating the child I mean in the child beating you is worth it. This is a fantastic game for teaching kids about thinking ahead and strategy. Just black against whites. Or whites against black. We aren’t racist here. Just keep in mind the checkers can be small so keep away from your 2 year olds please.
Dungeons and Dragons
Yes I went there. This all time classic is a must to have in any house. Yes the rules are hard but come one. You get to make up your own adventure with your family in which they live or die by a roll of a dice and at any moment a wandering Ogre could jump out and destroy your whole mission. Start simple. Don’t go big on a first play as kids will just get board. Make little drawings for different characters. Get the kids involved in making the dungeon. Never underestimate the power of imagination.
My partner is not allowed to play this game. I have never played it with her and I can see why she would not be allowed. This is pure maths right here guys. This is your chance to teach your kids ( and partners) about the value of money and how to spend it. Monopoly is probably the best-selling board game in the world so get one and just have some fun. Don’t be too strict at the start but then make sure the kids know all of the rules and then real estate their asses.
To finish up I have to pick one of my favorite games of all time. I love it. Watching all those pieces fall into place at the end to capture my wayward mouse in just heaven to me. This is a simple game which children and families of all ages will surely love. Yes there is a lot of setting up and maybe just maybe you will not wanna set the whole thing up again after the first time around but there will always be more mice to capture and more fun to be had.
So what did you think of the list? Have you any suggestions for games which I have not put on the list? Leave a comment below if you do.
Did you ever have one of those mornings where you have to get up for work at 7am and then work listening to screaming children all day?
This is everyday for me.
I love my kids I really do. I want to make that clear as I complain about them for the next hundred or so words. I have 2 children who live with me. 1 who does not. We shall go into that in another post soon ;). Zachary is 2 and Myka is 6 months. They are both the best things along with their sister that has ever happened to me and has made me settle down and be better in ways I never thought possible. But then there are the mornings.
I am not a morning person. So being woken at anywhere between 5:30am and 7am is not fun for me. I do not enjoy it but such is the life of a father who gets to spend such little time with his children due to the need to work. Now Zachary is very good in the mornings at first. He stays in his bed until I come and get him and he sits on the couch watching Cbeebies for the couple of minutes it takes me to get his breakfast ready and get his dirty bum changed. Then I have my tea and we relax for a short moment until it’s as if a switch goes off in his tiny child brain telling him that someone is missing. HIS SISTER IS NOT THERE.
The alarm bells ring and suddenly Dougie and the Furchesters are forgotten for his one single mission which he has chosen to accept is to awaken the world and more importantly his sister and mother. There is no stopping this little ball of blonde hair and drive he legs it towards the stairs up them in a single bound that even superman would be proud of and into the room with a at first “sister” slowly becoming a shouting yelling “ssssssssssssssssssssssiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiissssssssssssssstttttttttttttttteeeeeeeeeeeerrrrrrrrrrr”.
Meanwhile all I want to do is go back to sleep for I know that the day ahead of me is filled with just as much yelling and screaming by children and their parents who both are trying to just keep up with the other or get any from the other it’s never very clear. As I say my goodbyes at the door which this little man has opened for me I look back at his smiling cheeky face and think what will he grow into? The screaming child or the quiet peaceful child. He is the extremes of both.
My future wife has a hard task dealing with them both all day and I do not give her half the credit she deserves for this monumental task. What I can do is try to keep the little ball of energy calm for as long as possible in the mornings and evenings so she can have some rest. Then once the kids depart for night night land daddy can retire for the night. Hang up his daddy boots and put on his I gonna murder some Orcs boots.
Some time I do not wanna dad the day but hell the smiles and cuddles are all worth it.