This week is just for the Dads (and Gamer Moms too):
I have played video games for different reasons over the years. It helps me manage my anxiety, grants me a nice escape from my busy schedule, and it provides me with a social outlet at a time when going out and meeting people isn’t the easiest thing to do. This week, I want to talk about how online gaming has helped me connect socially.
I wasn’t always a Midwest dad, once upon a time I was just a twenty something college student living in Portland, Oregon who had a girlfriend that came from some place called South Dakota. Flash forward 13 or so blissful years later and here I am: Living in a town where I have no personal connections outside of family and the few excellent people I have met. I moved to Sioux Falls and got married and had two years had kids. This means that I pretty transitioned pretty quickly from man-child to responsible adult in the span of 24 months. The change was a bit jarring to say the least.
I am going to be honest here. A big part of raising kids means that you don’t get out much. To combat these large stretches of alone time, I joined, and eventually founded, my own online gaming group. Don’t let the stereotypes fool you: there are lots groups of gamers on the internet and they are not all super elite players. Do a quick search online and you will find groups for dads, moms, and even seniors. Many of them are welcome all skill levels and some very nice people will even help you improve your game. In the last few years there have been some really positive groups formed around games like Overwatch, and my personal favorite Destiny. If you are in a space where you just aren’t meeting people and you can’t get out much I recommend jumping into a gaming group.
Recommendations for this Week.
XeoDrifter (Microsoft Windows, Nintendo 3DS, PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita, Wii U)
Do you remember Metroid? Well this retro style game is like a condensed (and more forgiving) homage to Metroid. Plus, it’s easily beaten in about 4 hours. The violence level is the same as classic NES games but the learning curve might be too steep for really young kids.
Tearaway Unfolded (Playstation 4) This game was free for PlayStation Plus owners this month so I thought I would give it a quick recommendation. It uses the PlayStation 4 controller to great effect and it has a really neat paper art style. If you happen to have PS Plus I would recommend checking this game out. It’s a good one to let the kids goof around with