Tuesday, May 08, 2007

Gaming on a budget

The Boss Lady realized this morning that by not spending $$$ on Dr Pepper, I am basically offsetting the cost of our new video games. Since I realized that a couple of days ago, I picked up a new game yesterday. Less than $10 at Costco. How can you go wrong?

Tony Hawk's Project 8 rules! And with the new wireless controllers that The Boss Lady bought for us over the weekend, The Talker and had a blast trying out our sick skateboarding skillz. Turns out we are better monkeys than 'boarders, but that is OK.

OK, before you gripe at me, yes it is a T for Teen Rated game. No, the 5 year old isn't playing alone. Yes we have the blood and gore option turned off. So we will play it once in a while. Did I mention it only cost $9.87?

In the game, when you get tired of skating around your neighborhood, your player can jump up on the roof of houses and swing from the electric lines. If you are inclined, you can skate on the roof. We just really liked climbing from one house to another via the wires. Which makes me think that this game is better suited for 5 year olds than for teens aged boys. Pre-schoolers aren't stupid enough to try this stuff out for real!

And I am doubly glad that our neighborhood has underground utilities; no power lines to swing from over here!


It cracks me up, watching The Talker play video games. Granted, it isn't the best exercise for a 5 year old, but the boy cannot. Sit. Still. While he plays.The wireless controllers are awesome because I was terrified that he would pull the PS2 off of the shelf when he was really into Sonic the Hedgehog. Anyways, he works up a pretty good sweat jumping around and playing like a bad ass skater punk. Or a hedgehog.

Me? I am just using all of my coordination to control the game and to not drool at the same time. No jumping around for me. If I did get a good workout going, though, maybe we could drop the YMCA membership and buy MORE GAMES!

8 comments:

Ally Bean said...

He moves around while he plays the game?!! I can barely focus on the screen and make my hands do what my brains says to do, let alone move myself.

Ahh, to be five again.

jen said...

HAHAHA I love it! You've offset your game budget with the money you save from avoiding Dr. Pepper! GENIUS! I'm going to try that with Brian (who is still adicted to Pepsi). Maybe if he quit for a whole month, he can afford a Nintendo Wii (is that how you spell it? ugh.) And if he jumps around like the Talker, he'll finally get some exercise!

MyBestInvest said...

I think gaming counts as exercise as long as you're playing a sports-related game. Or some kind of street-fighting game. Because those games, in their own way, prepare you for situations that could occur in real life.

Racing cars through London? Not exercise. Decapitating a drug dealer? That's exercise.

Angel said...

Funny funny post. Do I sense a budding obsession here? LOL. The talker sounds like my son. I don't think my son even lays still while he sleeps. Hmmmm justifying the spending? That sounds familiar. hee hee. Keep having fun! These are the things they remember.

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Ginger said...

blood and gore on a skateboarding game?

Mike said...

Since only the kid skaters in the game wear pads and helmets, the blood spurts when someone wipes out!

It is a cool effect, but a little much for The Talker.

Mike said...

ab, not only does he wiggle around, he jumps and dives and rolls with the punches.

jen, now if I could just lose a little bit of the Dr Pepper weight!

mbi, you are a smart, deep thinking man. I needs me a game that will let me whoop up on a pimp!

angel, no new obsession here. but the PS2 came around at a great time, wit all of this freaking rain!

I am just catching up on games ab, not only does he wiggle around, he jumps and dies and rolls with the punches.

jen, now if I could just losea little bit of the Dr Pepper weight!

mbi, you are a smart, deep thinking man. I needs me a game that will let me whoop up on a pimp!

angel, no new obsession here. but the PS2 came around at a great time, witha ll of this freaking rain!

I am just catching up on games that my buddies have played and really liked for a couple of years!