A lot of ice, a little snow, and a winter expedition for Burning Crusades!

Posted by dkidwell on January 16th, 2007 — Posted in parenting, World of Warcraft

Central Texas is experiencing an ice storm. The city is shut down and for the first time all year, the kids can not wait to get outside and stomp on ice puddles. There are flurries outside, with big flakes that we simply never see here.

Jack and Harry were considering mounting an expedition to the local Best Buy. With the streets patched with ice, they would slowly trek the 7 miles to get copies of World of Warcraft’s new expansion: Burning Crusades. Best Buy decided to open this morning just long enough to feed the WoW addiction and they expect to make a few grand simply by selling copies of Burning Crusades to frozen gamers.

My brother’s family bought their copies at 11:00pm last night, and my nephew has been calling to see if our kids have their copies and are ready to play. My oldest woke this morning and began singing,

Today….is the day….the day of the Expansion.

Burning Crusade, going to get it….

Burning Crusade, today is the day…

Today….is the day….the day of the Expansion.”

Now, I have been arguing that this is more about burning desire and foolish crusades. I wasn’t making much headway until they tried to release the truck from a thick sheet of ice. It’s as if an ice mage threw a frost nova on it, and froze it in place. No Crusades for us today!

Dragonball Z, Budokai Tenkaichi 2 – Wii remote or old school controllers?

Posted by dkidwell on January 14th, 2007 — Posted in ages 4-8, ages 9-11, Dragonball Z, Nintendo DS, parenting, Wii

Turns out my son has found it far easier to play Dragonball Z – Budokan Techkaichi 2 – using the Wavebird wireless controllers that we bought for our Gamecube, rather than learning to use the wiimote. Flying, moving around and generally doing ‘cool stuff’ was just too difficult.

It seems that button mashing is easier in the old style controllers, rather than using arm motions to achieve the same effect. Is this a lack of wii-muscles? Is it poor design?

We’ve suggested that our older son opt for the wiimote when playing his younger brother, who could use the old style controller. This effectively provides a handicap to even out the two boys, who are about 6 years apart in age.

The camera angles in Dragonball Z – Budokai Tenkaichi 2 – are well done and really do have the feel of being in the cartoon. The fighting effects are rather nice, and it’s captivating the fellas for a surprising amount of game time.

Lesson learned, don’t be ashamed to use the old school controllers on the new Wii!

A new blog…

Posted by dkidwell on January 6th, 2007 — Posted in ages 12-17, parenting

My son just started his own blog – Epic Pants.

He’ll be talking about his latest obsessions, Magic the Gathering and Word of Warcraft. MTG is a trading card game we began playing the year he was born, and we picked it back up this fall and introduced him to it. Just like his dad, he fell for it hook, line and sinker.

I’m thrilled to see he’s writing about topics he loves, and has a place to publish it and feel a sense of accomplishment out of the effort. All very good things. He’s a pretty clever kid and I’m curious to see what he does with it. Give him a shout of encouragement for working on his latest quest – Epic Pants!

“Easter Island Really Exists!”

Posted by dkidwell on January 2nd, 2007 — Posted in parenting, Wii

Wii wins again…

We were checking our weather forecast tonite on our Wii, which always ends up in a spin around the globe. Epiphany exclaimed, “Easter Island Really Exists! I didn’t know that!” She’s thrilled and now we’re out on Wikipedia exploring the mysteries of Easter Island:
Easter Island – Wikipedia:the free encyclopedia

Today in Easter Island, it’s 75 degrees, mostly clear with intermittent schattered showers. Easter Island is part of Chilie, but lies 2237 miles to the west in the Pacific. That’s a about the same distance as if you were to drive the 2,283 miles from Jacksonville, Florida to Joshua Tree National Park in California.
George speculated that this is the home of the Easter Bunny, which is terrifically logical. And, clear proof that Jack and I are, in fact, grownups. We never thought of that.

If you haven’t downloaded your Wii update and explored our lovely planet – go do so, now!