E3 and the Kids and Me

Ah E3.  I once bore a small desire to be able to go to E3 someday.  The idea of seeing new games, playing new demos, watching the presentations from the creators of some of my favorite games sounded like a fangirl’s dream.  After the kids came along, I even thought how fun it would be to dress them up in cosplay and go with them as these little mini versions of their favorite characters.  After all, my first kid was adorable in his mini-Link costume for his first Halloween.  Not that I really want to take the time to make more costumes.  Halloween is about my limit.  But I would still get all excited when the news of what new games were coming out and what demos got shown and like any good fangirl I would read all the news and watch as much as I could about the games being developed and what characters or series were getting reboots or updates.  

But let me tell you something.  After you have kids and they get wind of new games coming out nothing can match their exhausting enthusiasm for every single flipping new thing.  And then you have to choose, do I get all excited with them, like “OMG yes! A new Zelda game!”  Or do you go into “no comment” or “pretend I didn’t hear it” mode with a game that you know no one in your house will be playing either anytime soon or ever for that matter (I am so tired of 2D side scrollers thank you very much).  Or do you groan inside “Ugh, another Skylander game.  What’s this one about?  How many skylanders can I get away with not buying?  Will this be the year the kids finally give it up?”  Or do you straight up tell them, “There is no way anyone here is playing Grand Theft Auto and let me give you the detailed list of why.”

Nowadays, the kids pretty much know my tolerances.  They can tell mostly off the bat which games I will not have in the house (guns, crime, horror), which games I won’t share their enthusiasm for but will get them if their interested (You-kai Watch is a good example), and which games I would go into total fangirl mode anytime they are mentioned (I still have hope for Psychonauts).  And that makes things easier.  They also are at an in between age where I still mostly control the access that media has to them. So they don’t get tweets about new stuff, they don’t watch Twitch, they don’t even get the news from news stations and websites without it being filtered through me.  But when they want to know about something, we’ll all go look it up together.  If I mentioned E3, I’m not even sure they would know what it is in its entirety, even though I’m sure the name would be familiar.  I suppose this is the year to rectify that.   

Sometimes it’s hard to give up the position of being the first one to know what’s coming. They are still kids after all and they are going to be gushing fountains of “I know more than you and let me tell you all about it” as soon as I clue them in to where the information is.  But maybe I’ll wait a few more days.  As busy as life can be with kids, I don’t have the time to play every game that catches my eye.  I’ve gotten more discerning with that I will spend my time with.  I don’t know if I will ever be able to finish another Final Fantasy game in all its glory.  I can’t always grind through enough gameplay to buy and level up all the weapons in a Ratchet and Clank game.  I have definitely limited my own knowledge of what’s out there as a protection for my fangirl side.  So she won’t get excited and then disappointed about what she doesn’t have time for. 

That’s not to say we don’t find out about new games.  It’s just that at my house, E3 looks a lot like scrolling through the coming soon videos in the Nintendo e-shop. 

Since I mentioned that, here’s the game I absolutely have to get when it comes out.  Eeeee!  It looks so good!!


Ever Oasis trailer

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