Its school holiday time in the Calnan household, with both my boys receiving what they believe is a well-earned break from all those hard days they have spent at school this term…
Personally, I’m not so convinced, but given that school is closed I don’t really have any alternative but to feel grateful to have them home.
Rhett and Judd, are a bit like the cycle really, Same Same but VERY Different! They both have a love of sport, but Judd likes to see and be with people. To personally interact and read the body language.
Rhett, well he is one of those kids who is just as happy to be seated, glued to his desk in a dark room, headphones on, playing virtually with his mates online.
I don’t get it.
I admit I’m a luddite. Prehistoric. Left to the Ancient art of seeing people face to face.
I’ve never really been one for video games: I did like the odd game of PacMan while waiting for a Burger at the Fish and Chip shop. In fact, I still remember the first time I ever played Atari – it was at a school mate’s house, Jerry…
But I was never taken by them, more interested in mucking about face to face with my mates.
I never really liked having to endure watching someone else playing while waiting to take another turn, but to actually want to watch someone play a video game without ANY intention of playing yourself is completely beyond me.
But that’s my Rhett.
He loves playing video games!
He loves watching others play online?
He plays with his mates online. He watches his friends play online (and they watch him) while they all have the most ridiculous conversations egging each other on.
But then Rhett will also watch other gamers on YouTube who have recorded a game they played days, months or weeks ago – it’s simply beyond me….
But not my Rhettsy! He loves playing. He loves watching. He loves interacting online with his mates and I have to say that it’s a great way for him to spend some time and keep in contact with a few of his mates that live in the country who don’t get to the city much.
However, on the whole, I don’t get it. It’s a whole new world.
I don’t understand it and I’m not sure I like it.
But it’s not my choice as society is changing – just like it did when the Beatles burst onto the music scene scaring the hell out of parents with their long hair and delinquent ways. But somehow the Beatles generation seemed to turn out Ok in the end?..
Technology is a HUGE driver and not one to ignore. What is clear to me is that online gaming is going to create MASSIVE opportunities going forward that I want to be open to.
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