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For most of my life I’ve defined myself as a gamer. But while I don’t have countless hours to devote to gaming anymore, I still play my fair share and have something to say about it.

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We downloaded the Switch version of Lego Worlds. I've been virtual LEGO'ing.
a sums & pieces for 12 Sep 02017
We downloaded Minecraft for the Switch, which has me hooked on solo crafting again when I have time to spare.
a sums & pieces for 12 Jun 02017

fatherhood | gamer 

9 May 02017 | 4 minutes of your time

I recall growing up and being sternly informed that no one ever makes money playing video games.

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Mario Meets Zelda

After two months of mashing at Zelda: Breath of the Wild, I’ve made pretty good progress… but I still have plenty of work to do to finish the game. Sixty six shrines complete. Two sub-bosses subdued and two more on the verge of confrontation. Many of the sub-quests quashed. Master Sword owned. Wardrobe polished (though not quite maxed.) And of course the entire map unlocked. I’m going to keep pushing, of course, because it’s truly one of the most amazing video games I’ve ever played. But two things: spring might actually be here (fingers crossed) and Mario Kart 8 Deluxe for the Switch comes out this weekend… so… there will be some hard choice to be made.

28 Apr 02017 | asides & shorts | gamer
So much Zelda: BOTW that it's not even funny anymore.
a sums & pieces for 12 Apr 02017
By repeatedly demonstrating different ways of winning.
a sums & pieces for 6 Apr 02017


28 Mar 02017 | 4 minutes of your time

This is my new favorite game.

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12 Mar 02017 | 5 minutes of your time

This is the best damn game you’ll ever play, probably, because it will suck in your soul and consume every waking and dreaming thought.

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17 Feb 02017 | 3 minutes of your time

I’m sure I’ll have some old-guy-gamer thoughts on it in a month or two.

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Switching Things Up

We’ve had a bit of a trial-by-frustration in the video game console department lately. A few months ago our Wii broke. Well, the optical disc broke. And since we have a nice little stack of games for it we decided to upgrade with a Wii U console so that we could play our games again… because it was backwards compatible. But then, apparently, Wii U has been discontinued and even tho I spent hours surfing online stores and cruising electronics stores, I wasn’t able to find a Wii U for sale. So, instead, I ordered a refurbished Wii (the original one) from eBay. Which arrived, and it it kinda works, but it’s old and Nintendo has always been locked down so now basically we have two Wiis hooked up: one to play stuff we downloaded and one to play discs. I’d given up on anything newer because when I went to check out the Switch it had sold out online in about twenty seconds and pre-orders were neigh-impossible to find in real life… and I’ve never been much of an early adopter anyhow. Except… by some odd confluence of chance and opportunity I found myself in a line up one morning while out on my coffee break –queued up in front of a we’re-not-doing-the-early-thing late-opening store in the downtown core– a few hours after writing this post about giving up on next gen consoles. Twenty minutes later I had a receipt in my wallet for a pre-order on a new Switch console. So, that happened. And of course Claire is giddy with anticipation. So… did anyone else jump into the latest Nintendo fray? Or am I the only sucker out there?

21 Jan 02017 | asides & shorts | gamer


13 Jan 02017 | 4 minutes of your time

Claire considers the purchase a power move by an awesome dad.

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