Video games v. parents — 2

September 16, 2020 § Leave a comment

After a serious discussion about how much he’d become addicted to video games on his phone, to the exclusion of everything else, our son agreed to spend some time away from his phone, indefinitely. And also to avoid YouTube gaming videos where these ‘YouTubers’ as they are called exhort their followers to become ever more obsessed with games like Brawl Stars and Clash Royale.

At best, this is a partial victory for us, who were trying to get him to do all the other activities that he used to love. For he still has his Nintendo Switch on which he’s hooked to a game called Spell Break. At least I’ve insisted I’ll not connect any payment options to the Switch. Since Spell Break was free, he’s been able to download it and play. There must be a way the makers of Spell Break have of monetising the game. We haven’t found out yet.

Children our son’s age are automatically drawn to games with characters that ostensibly go on adventures, with special ‘elemental’ powers, for example. So Spell Break which has various such characters trumped Pokemon Sword, which we actually paid money to buy, on Amazon, as his first game on the Switch, has now been relegated to a poor second.

One favourite activity was to use Google Hangouts to video chat with one of his friends, who is even more obsessed with games, while playing the game on the switch and the friend played on his dad’s PC. Somewhere along the way, our son discovered that voice chat works — at least for Spell Break — on the Switch so he got all excited about that.

Meanwhile, four small blank canvases are catching dust and a box of charcoal pencils hasn’t been touched in a while now. Both were bought on Amazon with quite a lot of enthusiasm.



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