|The first gaming console I played - Atari 2600|
I carried this love of video games into my adult life and while I didn't play as much through college, when I entered the work force and started receiving an adult paycheck, my love of gaming was reignited. I consider myself to be pretty video game savvy - I visit the big name video game blogs and listen to gaming podcasts sometimes on my drive to work, so when the news came that we were expecting a child, I knew my hobby was going to take a hit. What I didn't realize at the time was how much I'd be ok with it. But a baby in your life doesn't mean you can't enjoy the things you used to. Granted, you're going to have a lot less time and your time really isn't your own anymore, but by doing things in small doses and being able to stop when you have to, you can keep on keeping on in the video game world.
|The XL version of the Nintendo 3DS|
A lot of people look at the handheld gaming market and scoff at it because it doesn't have as many high profile games as their console big brothers. One look at the cumulative scores on metacritic for the Nintendo 3DS and the Playstation Vita will show that the statement is just not true. The games may be different in design and playstyle but you are still getting a large quantity of high quality games that persistently score well with critics. Even if you want that large scale RPG with a grand epic story - you can find it here and in most cases it's better than the ones on the console (Bravely Default and Persona 4 Golden are two shining examples.)
|Grand Theft Auto on an iPhone|
I know that as Jack grows up and we have more time to ourselves I'll play more on the consoles but for now the bite sized gaming chunks are perfect for what I'm looking for. They fit perfectly into a hectic life with a baby and the games are actually really good. The new Zelda game, Link Between Worlds, and Bravely Default are two amazing games that have been taking up most of my gaming time. One thing I know I'm looking forward to is playing video games with my son as he grows up and games like Skylanders and Disney Infinity show that there is definitely a market out there for that age. I had some of the best fun of my childhood playing video games with my mother and I hope to replicate that with my son, in moderation of course. In the meantime, I'll prepare by playing my 3DS with the lights out as he sleeps soundly in the bed with us. Happy gaming!