Sundays: usually spent cursing your existence as you think about trudging to work the next day. It's also the day you might catch up on all the shows on your DVR or what have you. Basically, Sundays are the equivalent of lazing about, in my mind. But lazing is not part of the plan when you have rambunctious 6 year old nephews and a 4 year old niece, who insist you take their 8 dart rapid fire action Nerf gun outside for a game of "You're the Bad Guy and You Have to Chase Us".
Very early on, my sister decided that the introduction to video games for her now 6 year old would be put off until he was about 7 years old. That's not to say she was trying to limit his exposure completely to video games but to things such as FPS games, Resident Evil type zombies and the like, she felt it best to wait until he was older (older than seven, probably).
My brother on the other hand, is the complete opposite. His son is all about his Super Heroes, blasters, headhunting zombies, fighting games and combat. He is also 6 and his introduction to those types of games happened about a year or so ago.
Child A (my brother's son - herein referred to as "A") and Child L (my sister's son - herein referred to as "L") are very different kids though and always have been. While A used to bite the hell out of L when they were babies, they've changed a bit now.
A is quite loving and not so daring. We used to call him the Strategist. In a game of "Ghost Hunting", A would tell L to go into the dark room first. A was of the mind that the scary Ghost hiding in the room (the ghost being one of us) would jump out and get L, giving A the chance to run off and he'd be safe.
L is quite loving as well, and he's the daring kind who will pick the tallest slide in the playground to go down with no real fear of heights or giving such things a second thought.
Having a sister and brother-in-law who are both into gaming, it was inevitable that L would have some sort of video game influence in his life.
I'm lucky in that whatever I'm playing, L takes interest as any kid would to video games. And so I've been able to introduce him to Luigi, Jak & Daxter, Scribblenauts, Sound Shapes and Final Fantasy.
It was a great source of joy for me when he wanted to hear "One-Winged Angel" over and over again as I was playing Theatrhythm: Final Fantasy. I remember fondly that period of life when he was just 3 years old and "Blitzkrieg Bop" was his favourite song and he would "Hey Ho" like a pro in Rock Band. And it was when he was watching me play The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword and started reading directions off the screen and told me where to go that I was amazed.
Yep, I've got a mind to shape. At least I thought so until recently.
These days, both A and L have taken to playing Minecraft.
L has become obsessed with everything creepers, venturing into The Nether and chopping up pigs much to my chagrin. He claims he needs them for food. I think he's just trying to make me cry.