A little bit ago I had a massive epiphany about games on the iPad… (spoiler alert) they’re stupid. Okay some of them are pretty cool, but I think you’ll get my point as you read on.
Eowyn, my oldest at 5 years old, her sister Hayley (3 at the time) and I were battling it out playing Hungry Hungry Hippos… (say with a sense of sadness)the app.
You should have seen my daughters little fingers hitting that flat liquid crystal display, spurring the IPS (In-Plane Switching) technology that tells those 2 dimensional hippos to eat those digitally rendered marbles… IT WAS AWESOME!
It was so cool that from more than 5 feet away you would have no idea if we were playing Hungry Hippos, Tap Tap Revolution, Fruit Ninja, Jet Pack Joy Ride, Tap ‘n Pop, Tap Tap Tap, Hit the Gopher, the game that you tap the screen a lot, the other game that you tap the screen but not as much. What exciting times we live in. (btw… I made up the last two games, those aren’t real.)
I decided to get all old fashion with my daughters and explain to them that when I was a kid Hungry Hippos was an actual game, and that we had to hit a lever and the hippos opened their mouth and ate real marbles.
Did I get the response I was looking for? My daughters to say, ‘That is so cool dad. Let’s go buy the real game and play that!’
Not even close. In fact I’ve never seen my daughter Eowyn have such a blank stare of confusion on her face. It’s like she was trying to register in her mind what a real game was. Or perhaps what the word real meant.
After her mind melt she regained her composure and said.
“Can we play Where’s Waldo…”
wait for it…
“… on the iPad!?”
Oh come on!
At that moment I decided to play real, cool, interactive games with my daughters, to take them outside and be adventurous and to greatly limit their iPad use.
Don’t be fooled, I’m no super dad. I still don’t own Hungry Hippos (the real game). That pledge was a few months ago and their iPad time hasn’t slowed a bit.
BUT… What I have done is taught them how to play UNO and Yahtzee the REAL games! I make a conscious effort to take them outside. We frog hunt, fish, camp, wrestle, build forts and we have found Waldo in an actual book!
So to a few dads and moms out there that might read this.
Tell me in the comments some ideas instead of playing app games.