Over the weekend, my 3 year old, AKA “The Dude”, wanted to do very little. The exception was Mario Kart Wii. He’s been playing the video game since he was 18 months and if we let him, I’m sure he would play all day. We decided that a little video game time this weekend was OK.
He took that and more.
I know The Dude is smart but I’m not sure when he figured out how to access Dad’s (my) on-line account and play the game with people from all over the world but that’s just what he was doing when I checked in on him on Saturday morning. My mom was over and along with my better half we were getting breakfast ready while Jack played his video game. I knew something was different when I noticed that a Mario Kart character with a Japanese symbol for a name passed him. With just a little more investigation, I realized that he had been losing a lot of my accumulated points during all this international competition. It was weird. I was disappointed at losing all those points but proud at the same time for him taking the step to compete on a world stage. Of, course at the age of three there is absolutely no way he knew what he was doing. This also got me thinking.
Over the last few years that I’ve been playing MarioKart online, I’ve noticed some competitors with low points scores that don’t seem to have a clue what there doing. I would pass them on the course and wonder what they were”Smoking” while trying to play. Now it’s dawned on me that these folks that I thought were hacks and terrible gamers from places like Japan, Spain and Iceland could simply be children. Children whose parents weren’t quite paying attention when they told the kids to go ahead and play their favorite video game for a while. If that was the case, those children were just terrible. Thanks for the free points kids.
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