AUTHOR: Marty, a.k.a. canape TITLE: It's gonna have real strings and everything DATE: 7/04/2010 08:54:00 AM ----- BODY:
There is a piece in my puzzle that doesn't quite fit. Somewhere deep within my almost crunchy, granola, tandem nursing, babywearing, sewing, baking, and all things mothering persona lies a GAMER.

I love video games. If you can drive it, shoot it, smack it down, or blow it up, I'm all over it.

Karaoke, dancing, guitar, drums, whatever. I love that too. In fact, the only thing I'm not really a fan of are the games that have the first person vision - you know, when it's like you are looking over the gun? Not a fan.

Also, not really a fan of the Wii.

I know. Blaspha-freaking-mee. I can't help it. There are multiple problems with it. The first being that Mal Mal can whoop me at just about everything there is, and that completely goes against the grain of my competitive nature.

The second is that I'm a total klutz, and being able to do amazing things with my thumbs? That was a good thing for me. I LIKE the thumb controllers. This whole get-up-and-really-do-the-motion thing isn't really good for me and my lack of grace.

Of course, there is an exception, and that would be the Wii Fit. I kind of dig getting to see the little yellow circle on the yoga poses and feel myself getting better aligned. That's nice.

I digress.

For middle school graduation, we bought Mal Mal a copy of Beatles Rock Band for the xBox. I was thinking we already had the guitars, but I was wrong. The guitars I had were for the PS2, which is deader than dead. So, we headed to Game Stop yesterday to trade in all my old PS2 stuff and get some gear for the xBox.

Don't you love how I'm just now getting to the point of this story?

Here I am, mama and stepmama to my three beautiful children. I've got my littlest in a lovely ring sling, looking all peaceful and attached, and what am I doing? Why, I'm dumping out my bag of PS2 games - most of which are ridiculously inappropriate for a house with kiddos. The dude raised his eyebrow at me and almost sounded scolding when he told me that they didn't sell Grand Theft Auto San Andreas in their store. What can I say? I like to shoot things. In games. Just in games.

The funniest thing though was when he tried to convince me to wait and buy Rock Band 3 because, "It's just like learning to play real instruments." His pitch was that the guitars had REAL strings and the keyboard had something like 34 KEYS!


He had no way of knowing that my other oddly shaped puzzle piece is the part of me that performs and records. Sure, I like playing Rock Band, but I don't think I need the REAL fake guitars and the REAL tiny keyboard.

I just found it funny.

Okay, so there actually isn't a point to this story. I'm just trying to get back to the writing. And for the second straight night in a row, Colin has actually gone down by himself, leaving me to type freely.

Of course, I could be playing a game instead . . .

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----- COMMENT: AUTHOR:Anonymous Laura DATE:Sunday, July 4, 2010 at 9:13:00 AM EDT Marty, you are by no means the only Gamer Mom around. My preferences actually run to the first-person shooters, but I'm game to try most things. Scary thing is that we're raising a pair of gamers (though no FPSs, I promise). They're already connoisseurs of most of the Pop Cap games, Puzzle Quest (soon to have a new edition), and even the classics (Chuck found a copy of Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego?)

But it is still funny to find someone who thinks games are only for treehouses marked "No girls allowed." ----- COMMENT: AUTHOR:Anonymous grandma sandy DATE:Sunday, July 4, 2010 at 10:30:00 AM EDT Thanks for making me laugh! That story was hilarious. It also reminded me of the time you came to Laurel for New Year's and played Dance, Dance, Revolution for so long that your ridiculously thick hair was soaking wet. AND you lost like 5 lbs! Bonus! ----- COMMENT: AUTHOR:Anonymous @sweetbabboo DATE:Sunday, July 4, 2010 at 12:03:00 PM EDT At least it's all forward compatible. So you can still get your fake/real guitar on when RB3 comes out. And come on, this looks too cool - (a bit of salty language)

-Adrian ----- COMMENT: AUTHOR:Anonymous No Minimom DATE:Sunday, July 4, 2010 at 1:24:00 PM EDT I'm with you, game grrrl. I love first person shooters, too. I'm currently trying to play Borderlands (when I can). Love shooting those little laughing midget bandits. In the game! ;-) ----- COMMENT: AUTHOR:Anonymous Nita DATE:Monday, July 5, 2010 at 12:24:00 AM EDT I love a good FPS - nice way to destress. The husband though, only likes to play them with a keyboard and mouse so he can "feel what he's shooting" or some crap like that.

One thing Wii does have is oodles of games for the kiddos - Dora is insane easy and any toddler can handle Wii bowling. Maybe CC can WiiWii? ----- COMMENT: AUTHOR:Anonymous Melissa (@adventuroo) DATE:Tuesday, July 6, 2010 at 1:29:00 PM EDT I just love knowing this about you now! I used to play LOTS AND LOTS of Street Fighter (SF3 I think) in college.

Big Roo has taken a liking to the Wii lately and I admit to loving the Wii-- I just never have time to play! ----- COMMENT: AUTHOR:Anonymous Issas Crazy World DATE:Wednesday, July 7, 2010 at 12:38:00 PM EDT I am glad to hear I'm not the only one not into the wii. I love wii bowling. but that's really about it. Give me an old Sega Dreamcast or a PS2 any day. Man I loved that dreamcast. Sigh. The good ole days. ;)

Mine? Is the iPad apps. Am addicted. ----- --------