Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Yes, But Does It Have Literary Merit?

My boys were begging me to buy the new "Halo: Reach" game for the X-Box their uncle had just given them.

All I'd heard about the "Halo" games was bad, bad, bad. Bad premise. Bad violence. Bad language.

But I checked it out anyway. 4 1/2 out of 5 stars. A new "team" approach. Great graphics. For around 60 bucks.

The economics weren't an issue. Dominic said he'd pitch in $15, and a $20 gift card came with the purchase, so I'd really only fork over $35.

Like everything else that comes through our door, though, I wanted the game to have some kind of literary merit.

We bought it.

"Play with us," the boys then begged, after they'd "tried it out" for a couple of hours.

I did the usual Mom Thing: "I'll just watch you guys play."

Nope, they wanted me to play.

So there I was, sitting on the edge of the sofa, controller in hand, bumping my character -- Noble One?-- into a rock over and over and over.

"Mommy, follow me," Dominic told me.

I couldn't find him. I just kept running, er, jumping my guy into rocks and water and over bridges.

"Mommy, you're shooting me," Dominic said as kindly as he could. "Now you're just running into a wall. And why is your night vision on? And why are you throwing granades at yourself?"

Okay, this "Halo," it has absolutely no literary merit. But I can't tell you how long and hard we all laughed at my "skills."


Jana said...

Some things are just for fun, too, aren't they? My favorite computer game is plants vs. zombies. No value, but I sure love it!

DLCurran said...

Jennie, I could so picture that! Maybe it's because I fully expect to have a similar experience in a few years... when my two hit the gaming stage. LOL Thanks for the head's up! ;)

Shannon O'Donnell said...

LOL. I can just picture you. We score HUGE brownie points with our kids when we're willing to do stuff like that. My boys LOVE Halo. :-)

Suzanne Young said...

Haha! This totally sounds like me. I bet they loved you playing with them, too.

Hope you're good! You should email me sometime! :-)

Angela said...

It sounds like your gaming skills are about as developed as my own. At least you had a good laugh.

Elana Johnson said...

Dude, I just tried to get this game today, and it was sold out. :( Maybe another store.

DLCurran said...

Jennie - I left an award for you on my blog. :)