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Friday, March 18, 2011

And the video game addiction begins...

Actually, it began a while back, but I've made a point not to "feed" it if at all possible. Since Brian's at work all day and I'm not a big gamer myself, this has been relatively easy. Seth loves playing the Kinect - we got him the Kinnectables game and he loves that, but Kara is terrified of the cubs on screen. She'll cry "they get me!" or "they scare me!" But, Seth is pretty good about controlling them and playing games with them.

He also loves the Kinect Adventure and Sports games. He's not too bad on some of them, although it can be frustrating for me when he wants to play something but can't quite get it and I have to either keep directing him in what to do or explaining why it isn't working over and over and over again...

But, for a belated birthday gift, Seth got a Smart Cycle - if you're unfamiliar with it, basically it's a kids video game that uses a bicycle to control the game instead of a controller, so they're kind of getting some exercise while they play. Of course there's also a joystick and a few buttons on the cycle, but the pedaling is key.

We just got it hooked up last night, and aside from my total lack of knowledge in hooking up a video game console, it went okay. That and the fact that it was already after 10 when we got home from dinner with a friend. And the point that I didn't find the right hook-up until after a while of trying to negotiate the plugs on the TV. Oh, and then when I finally DID get the right hook-ups, I had NO IDEA what plugs to actually plug in WHERE. So, then came the game of random plugging to see what combination worked. Then, what input to set the TV to. This was NOT my idea of fun...

When we finally got it working, the real fun started. Despite Brian's reminder to turn the volume down (due to some weird thing about the video games being one volume level while the TV is at another) I completely forgot, so when the game actually did turn on, it was WAY loud. I don't mean as in "wow, that was kind of loud," but as in "BLAST YOUR EARS OFF YOUR HEAD" loud. As in Kara totally freaked.

I don't think I've ever heard that kind of noise come out of her before. She. Was. Terrified.

I think I got the bad mommy award just for that.

When Kara gets scared by something, she has to keep reassuring herself about it. So even after I got it turned down to a less ear-splitting volume, she kept telling me "That was really loud!" and "it not scare me! It just really loud" and other variations of the same theme. She'll probably be afraid of the TV for a few days now...

The bad news in all of this is that since I got the Smart Cycle used, I don't have the booklet that went with the games that came with it, which means I have no idea how to help Seth learn to play them. So it looks like he's on his own as far as trial and error goes to figure them out. Good thing he doesn't mind. I think he'd spend all day on the thing if I let him...

Oh, and in other "good news," I found a VTech version of a "smart cycle" for Kara at Once Upon a Child the other day - it's a really cute giraffe that has various letter, number and animal games. And even better, it's self contained and doesn't have to be hooked up to the TV. My dream come true!


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