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Gaming with my grandson

Well, now my grandson is 11years old and in middle school. He still loves to read (huge sigh of relief), but he also LOVES and LIVES to play video games. Especially the kinds that require acute motor skills, quick thinking and multi-tasking. Not the sort of things I’m that great at now that I’m 70 years old. But I do try and he is very encouraging.  He squeals with amusement when I get frustrated because my avatar “dies”. He particularly enjoys playing Geometry Dash which made me shudder (thoughts of barely passing math still haunt me) until he explained that it didn’t really involve math skills. No, this game was far more challenging than doing equations. 

‘It required navigating thru obstacles and collecting strange things that are valuable and pop up out of nowhere, all while avoiding other strange things that will cause your avatar to “die”. Oh, and I must mention that all this happens at the speed of “wait!  What was that?  Did I need that?  Wait, I’m “dead” again?” 

This causes Jeffery to drop on the floor in spasms of uncontrollable giggles. I’m left staring at the blank screen. “Try it again, Grammies!”  I told you he was encouraging.  After several attempts with Jeffery coaching me, I still can’t master it. I pass the controls over to him, happy for the break. 

‘He’s through the first three levels before I realize he’s been “coaching” me with the wrong information.....deliberately sabotaging my efforts for his own amusement.  Smart cookie!  He realized early on that these games are not my forte. They move way too fast for me....but, I am still an integral part of our “play-time”.  I’m comic relief!  As a grandma, I am happy and honored to serve!


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@Pownkie- Welcome back! Haven't heard from you since 2013! Glad you and Jeffery are still enjoying each other's company, even if on a new and more complex level!

And what an amusing story! Thanks for sharing!

Hope we hear from you more often! Don't be a stranger! :)

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SueSTx

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Back in the 90's when our son had a Nintendo, he loved Mario but did not have the patience to find the correct route to battle through in the later stages of the game.  I did not have the skill to win the battle so son and I played together.  I'd make a map/instructions to find the final location in a stage and he'd battle through and go to the next stage where I'd make a new map.  It was fun for us both and he would actually talk to his mother.  Win/win.

I still love gaming, but I'm more of a match three fan.

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Hi, SueSTx,

im more of a match three fan, too. But I love that you got into strategy with your son!  Sounds like you have a great relationship. 

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Now, I'm nearly 70 and he's nearly 40 and we do have a pretty good relationship even with the busy life he lives with a wife and two kids.  I still play games, not sure if he does or not.

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