Creator of FatherNerdsBest.com, Co-creator/Editor at TheDadcade.com
PSN: t_tocs XBL: VA1N
What is the first video game you ever played?
The first video game I ever played was probably Missile Command for the Atari 2600. I was probably 5 or 6 and played my parent’s Atari in the basement of the home I grew up in. A year or so later, I was given my first console, the NES, for Christmas and the rest was history. My love of gaming really took off after playing through Super Mario Bros. and Duck Hunt on Christmas Day that year and culminated in me owning almost every major console since then.
What is your favorite game of all time?
That’s tough because there are so many, so I’ll limit to 2. Most likely the answer is Mass Effect with World of Warcraft coming in a very close second. Mass Effect is a newer game in terms of my gaming history, but my fascination with the pre-release coverage, the release, and everything surrounding it after I completed it cemented it in my mind as one of the best games I had ever played. I remember completing the game, watching the end credits, and then immediately starting it up again to play as a different Commander Shepard with new skills and companions. I did this 4 times before the eventual release of Mass Effect 2, which was a better “game” but didn’t blow my mind quite like the original did with it’s new ideas and amazing world. The second game, World of Warcraft, is a game that I have been playing since 2004 and the sheer number of hours I have put into Azeroth pales in comparison to any other game I have ever played. It’s the perfect downtime game that is great for early weekend morning dailies before the kid wakes up or late night raids when more time is available.
What do you do for fun when not playing video games?
When I’m not gaming, you can find me spending time with my family. I have a beautiful wife I have been married to for 5 years this July and a wonderful son who just turned 17 months old yesterday (4/1). I work a 9-5 like most people so weekends are precious to me, and I try to get out and about with my family as much as possible during that time. I also blog from time to time. My personal blog, FatherNerdsBest.com, is my first blog where I blog about parenting but with a nerdy twist. I’ll do reviews and cover parenting topics that speak to me as a parent. I am also the co-founder of TheDadcade.com, a video game site for parents who game. We cover video game news and write reviews for the big gaming releases but always try to frame it from the perspective of a parent with small children.
How do you balance gaming and family life?
When I first learned I was to become a father, I viewed my gaming life as having a timer attached to it. I thought that 9 months from when I found out, my gaming life would be over as I knew it, so I better get it all in now. What I didn’t realize at the time was that I would still be able to game, the time allocated for it would just be altered a bit. Instead of being able to play violent games whenever I wanted, they would need to be saved until after bedtime. Diaper changes and bath time would be my top priority and taking down the next boss in Dark Souls 2 would have to wait until after my son went to bed. I find that most of my gaming occurs late at night during the week after my son goes to bed or on the weekend during naps or early in the morning before my son wakes up. From time to time I’ll get bigger windows of gaming time on the weekend thanks to my awesome wife, but for the most part, late nights are the best time for gaming when it comes to being a parent. The thing to remember though is that no matter what, family always trumps game time. It’s easy to forget when a new game comes out and you want to experience something. I remember a choice moment when Destiny first came out and my family wanted to go out on a beautiful Sunday. I declined the offer because I was so fascinated with this new game. As my wife and son got ready to go out without me, it dawned on me exactly what I was doing and immediately changed my mind. I was putting a video game ahead of my family and when I realized that, I was pretty upset. Games will always be there. They don’t have a timer and you can experience them whenever you want. Taking some time to develop memories with your family and bond with your wife and child are the true wondrous moments in life and they will always beat out any video game in my eyes.
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