×

Welcome to the Slashdot Beta site -- learn more here. Use the link in the footer or click here to return to the Classic version of Slashdot.

Thank you!

Before you choose to head back to the Classic look of the site, we'd appreciate it if you share your thoughts on the Beta; your feedback is what drives our ongoing development.

Beta is different and we value you taking the time to try it out. Please take a look at the changes we've made in Beta and  learn more about it. Thanks for reading, and for making the site better!

Your Mom And Gaming

Zonk posted more than 6 years ago | from the lady-bought-me-a-nes-i'm-legally-obligated-to-love-her-now dept.

Games 76

Tomorrow is Mother's Day in the US, and Newsweek's N'Gai Croal rightly estimates that many gamers owe a lot to their mothers. Because they indulged what they likely initially saw as a strange choice of hobby, we have a thriving gaming industry to enjoy today. The Level Up site offers an interview with a woman on the Newsweek staff who learned to tolerate those 'console things', and another piece where N'Gai interviews his own mom about his games-related past. "N'Gai: Growing up, you allowed us kids to have a computer, but we weren't allowed to have a videogame machine. What was your thinking behind that? Yvonne Croal: Well, in my estimation at that time, videogames were just another silly game. We certainly didn't want you to be spending 24/7 playing these games that we considered not productive in any way." If you're still looking for a gift for your own mom, Pop Cap is giving away a free copy of Bejeweled to anyone that signs up for their newsletter. Worked on my mom. Happy Mother's Day.

cancel ×
This is a preview of your comment

No Comment Title Entered

Anonymous Coward 1 minute ago

No Comment Entered

76 comments

Let's get off mothers, (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#19099877)

I just got off camping yours.

yo momma so fat (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#19099883)

One time she was arrested for cutting a fart at a self-service gas station, in an incident that Tony Snow later described to reporters as a "credible threat".

yo momma so structural (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#19100049)

I distributed my load all over her.

yo momma so fat (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#19100103)

She thinks pork-barrel politics is a meeting at lunchtime.

yo momma so bad at telling yo-momma jokes (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#19101057)

They don't even have punchlines.

Just What Every Mother Wants - Slashdot SPAM (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#19099897)

Yeech, this site used to be a decent gaming news discussion forum.

Finally (5, Funny)

antifoidulus (807088) | more than 6 years ago | (#19099899)

a chance to tag something "yourmom". I've been waiting since high school for this :P

Re:Finally (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#19100149)

I didn't wait; I've been tagging your mom since high school.

Burn!

Re:Finally (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#19101993)

Game, set, match. Brilliant. Simply brilliant.

Re:Finally (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#19104359)

That was by far the best /. comment I've ever seen.

Re:Finally (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#19112505)

Translation. "Mom" = mum. There, much easier to read now!

Re:Finally (-1, Redundant)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#19100173)

Hah. I've been tagging "yourmom" since highschool!

And we're grateful to have them. (2, Interesting)

What Is Dot (792062) | more than 6 years ago | (#19099985)

I am particularly grateful for my Mom. Instead of seeing it as an odd hobby, she saw nothing wrong with it. She could even appriciate some of the effort that went into making them. Probably because she is an art teacher. I remember hearing one of my friends mothers say, "Games are wonderful because I always have something to get him for Christmas/Birthday." Don't forget to send your mother a little something on Sunday. =)

Re:And we're grateful to have them. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#19100095)

Mine was the same. But when I was a kid I was more interested in Lego Technic than games. All those Lego sets and extra gears, motors and things were expensive though, and I never had enough to build what I wanted. I used to draw designs but couldn't implement them. Looking back I actually think it limited me a bit. Not sure why my parents were more willing to buy games but not Lego Technic. Maybe a social factor - usually played with friends. My job is in software now, but I think it might have been some kind of mechanical engineering had things been different. Oh well, that's life!

Momma Mia! (3, Interesting)

AbsoluteXyro (1048620) | more than 6 years ago | (#19099987)

My mom actually introduced me to video games. She was a hardcore Atari 2600 player back in her time (which she still has stuffed away in her closet with a hojillion games). When little ol' me came along, mom and I spent many-a happy afternoon playing Super Mario Bros. on the NES.

Sadly, she stopped playing some time after that. I think tomorrow I will break out Wii Sports and see if I can't get her back into it... failing that, I'll boot up Super Mario Bros. on Virtual Console and share some memories :)

Re:Momma Mia! (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#19100427)

No one gives a fuck about your whore of a mother. Shut the fuck up.

Re:Momma Mia! (1)

StikyPad (445176) | more than 6 years ago | (#19108711)

She was a hardcore Atari 2600 player back in her time (which she still has stuffed away in her closet with a hojillion games).

Ho many games?

My wife (age 48)... (1)

Hymer (856453) | more than 6 years ago | (#19099997)

...kicks ass in WoW (level 60 or something) together with her two kids (age ca. 30, level 60 or something)... and she do call herself "mom" in the game.
Parents should try to play with their kids... instead of hanging on /. :D

Re:My wife (age 48)... (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#19101041)

Your wife takes it up the ass from dwarves. Shut the fuck up.

Cooking Mama... duh! (3, Funny)

Speare (84249) | more than 6 years ago | (#19100009)

Of course, all those mothers out there who have just gotten into Wii games should get a copy of Cooking Mama. It's a kitchen sim of sorts, with lots of little tasks like cutting, peeling, stirring and serving food bits. Some of the recipes look pretty interesting.

Or maybe your mom should get YOU this game, to let you learn a bit more about how to feed yourself properly, and not make her do all the kitchen work!

Re:Cooking Mama... duh! (1)

Lorkki (863577) | more than 6 years ago | (#19100067)

Or just kinda, you know, get in there in the kitchen and ask to help out with her cooking. It's cheaper, you'll learn about the real thing right away and you get to spend some time together. Who knows, you might even become interested in trying things out for yourself.

Dunno, maybe I'm just becoming old-fashioned.

Re:Cooking Mama... duh! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#19104317)

While you were in the kitchen talking about crocheted tea cozies, other people were reading the title and topic of the writeup: Your Mom and Gaming.

Re:Cooking Mama... duh! (1)

Telepathetic Man (237975) | more than 6 years ago | (#19100133)

Actually, no, don't. The Cooking Mama game for the Wii is crap. If possible, get the DS version instead, or try something else entirely.

Re:Cooking Mama... duh! (1)

GammaKitsune (826576) | more than 6 years ago | (#19100503)

I can see a misogynist joke brewing in this, somewhere, somehow.

Git back in that virtual kitchen, woman. Or somesuch.

indulge choice of hobby? (5, Funny)

aichpvee (631243) | more than 6 years ago | (#19100033)

Forget indulging the choice of hobby, a lot of gamers owe their mom first for the 35 years of living in her basement!

Re:indulge choice of hobby? (4, Funny)

agent dero (680753) | more than 6 years ago | (#19100185)

Here's to you Mom, may we have another good 35 together.

p.s. Did you pick up more cheetos from the store?

Re:indulge choice of hobby? (1)

thetable123 (936470) | more than 6 years ago | (#19100731)

You mean I have to move out in four years???

I would send out props too, but I know she is less geeky than I am, therefor has much better things to do with her time. Alas if I could procreate with someone, would my kids be geekier than I am? That is enough that I am going out now to have my tubes snipped just on the outside chance that I might someday actually have sex.

20 minutes (2, Insightful)

spykemail (983593) | more than 6 years ago | (#19100043)

After about 20 minutes of trying to teach my Mom to play Roger Clemen's MVP Baseball on my NES my brother and I gave up and she concluded that video games were annoying and unproductive, but ok. Thank God for that.

Re:20 minutes (1)

shalla (642644) | more than 6 years ago | (#19105439)

That's because you tried to make her play Roger Clemen's MVP Baseball. WTF is that? I hate to tell you this, but most gamers I know find sports games boring after the first week. Get her a nice roleplaying or puzzle game to play. I bet she could get into a Final Fantasy story or Tetris or something. Or maybe just get her to jigzone.com to get her in the mood for computerized entertainment and go from there.

My mother played Space Invaders obsessively for two days on the Atari console my parents had bought for my brother and me until she made the decision that gaming was too addictive and stopped cold turkey. That was the night she kept playing "just one more game" when both of us kids wanted to hit bed. I think we get our gaming genes from her. ;) Since then, she's avoided platform gaming or anything but casual computer card games, but she's still one of the fastest, most badass Free Cell and Solitaire players I've ever seen. (Okay, maybe not "badass." That may not be possible with those two games. But if it _were_, I'm sure she'd be. As it is, she's really good and blindingly fast.)

Ahem. Sorry for dissing your choice of game. I just think that if someone had handed me that as my first and only game, I might also have failed to see the appeal, and I'm someone who spends hours per week gaming.

If you really want to get her into gaming, get her a Wii. She can host bowling parties and feel good that she's getting some low impact exercise in there as well as some socializing. Apparently retirement communities and sister houses (i.e. convents) have found Wiis to be a big hit. Er, not that your mom is that old. Just saying that there's something for every age out there.

Anyways... Happy Mother's Day!

So did I... and then came Wii (1)

patio11 (857072) | more than 6 years ago | (#19126263)

My mother never saw the attraction of video games when we were growing up. When I came home for Christmas last year, I showed her Wii Sports and BAM she was hooked. She spent the rest of the break taking on family, friends, neighbors, anyone she could convince to sit down for a nice casual game of bowling. I never knew Mom used to bowl in college! She was mostly disabled by a stroke three years ago and I had to hold her up so she could bowl, but she looked happier throwing strikes ("Mom, what comes after a turkey?" "A Double Turkey, silly!" *BAM*) than I've seen her in years. It was an Old Granny Hardcore moment for me -- here is my mother, the took-six-years-to-master-email types-in-ALL-CAPS never-gamed-a-day-in-her-life stroke survivor who was too busy kicking our "#$"#es
to remember she was supposed to be taking it easy.

She had Pro in bowling by the end of Christmas break, too. I think I should really get her a Wii, although what would really help is folks at home to play it with her all of the time.

Indulged a choice of hobby? (3, Funny)

Skevin (16048) | more than 6 years ago | (#19100051)

Lots of things flourished without the support of our mothers... like online porn.
And if you're one of the rare few whose mother encouraged your interest in porn, I really don't want to know.

Solomon

Re:Indulged a choice of hobby? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#19100851)

And if you're one of the rare few whose mother encouraged your interest in porn, I really don't want to know.

No... but *your* mom definitely discouraged me from ever downloading porn again.

I mean seriously, a watermelon? That's just wrong.

Mother's day corrupted (4, Insightful)

DebateG (1001165) | more than 6 years ago | (#19100073)

It's pretty sad that, like most American holidays, Mother's Day has been corrupted into a holiday that celebrates consumption and hollow platitudes rather than anything meaningful. One of the original premises of Mother's Day [wikipedia.org] was a call to women worldwide to stand up against violence and war that had taken the lives of so many of their sons. It wasn't a tribute to mothers, but a rallying cry for mothers of the US to band together in a political cause to improve the world. The "mother" of Mother's Day [wikipedia.org] became so disillusioned with the commercialization of the holiday that she actively campaigned against it.

Re:Mother's day corrupted (3, Insightful)

Blakey Rat (99501) | more than 6 years ago | (#19100409)

Mother's day, like Valentine's day, like every holiday, is what you make of it. If you want to buy a nice necklace for mom, do it. If you want to contribute to a campaign to end war, then do that.

Re:Mother's day corrupted (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#19113925)







Mother's day, like Valentine's day, like every holiday, is what you make of it. If you want to buy a nice necklace for mom, do it. If you want to contribute to a campaign to end war, then do that.




What I do is drink myself into a stupor, vomit all over the house, and then pass out on the front lawn. This is on holidays and non-holidays alike.











Re:Mother's day corrupted (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#19102319)

It wasn't a tribute to mothers, but a rallying cry for mothers of the US to band together in a political cause to improve the world.

Yeah... and this was the same generation of feminism that produced women like the anti-liquor terrorist Carrie Nation. [wikipedia.org]

Back in the day. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#19100083)

""N'Gai: Growing up, you allowed us kids to have a computer, but we weren't allowed to have a videogame machine. What was your thinking behind that? Yvonne Croal: Well, in my estimation at that time, videogames were just another silly game. We certainly didn't want you to be spending 24/7 playing these games that we considered not productive in any way.""

Pfft! My mother's in her 70's and computers didn't even exist. And when I came around computers were the size of a house. No way I was going to be bringing that "console" home.

Bejeweled? (1)

Goalie_Ca (584234) | more than 6 years ago | (#19100139)

Frozen bubble is a much better "free" game. But since you're all nerds.. if you're going to give a free game how about writing one yourself! and personalize it! (cuz its not about the money)

Re:Bejeweled? (1)

Blakey Rat (99501) | more than 6 years ago | (#19100435)

Frozen Bubble is just a ripoff of Bust-A-Move. I'm sick of open source fans talking about it as if it was the second coming of God when it's just a port/ripoff of an already established (and popular) game series.

Re:Bejeweled? (1)

goarilla (908067) | more than 6 years ago | (#19105273)

so ... bejeweled hasn't been copied (ripped off) over and over ?
heck even MSN messenger has a bejeweled game. the parent just told that probably
because it's much easier to get your hands on frozen bubble than on the real bust-a-move

Re:Bejeweled? (1)

Blakey Rat (99501) | more than 6 years ago | (#19107067)

so ... bejeweled hasn't been copied (ripped off) over and over ?

I didn't say it hadn't.

the parent just told that probably
because it's much easier to get your hands on frozen bubble than on the real bust-a-move


No, they probably said that because they're a hard-core open source advocate who has zero respect for intellectual property whatsoever and therefore doesn't care that it's a blatant rip-off. Or they're a hard-core open source advocate who isn't a gamer (other than open source games) who doesn't realize that it's a blatant rip-off. Either way, there's no reason to pimp out this game as if it's so great when there's nothing original in it at all.

Chuckie Egg on ZX Spectrum (1)

Ageing Metalhead (586837) | more than 6 years ago | (#19100183)

My mother was soo good at Chuckie Egg on the ZX Spectrum, she would eventually give up having accumulated countless numbers of extra lives, a scoreboard that have wrapped around several times, and two hungry kids who have had to fend for themselves for the 12 hours+ of non-stop playing on the game.

Still, I learnt how to cook a good meal at an early age ;-)

this article is horrible (3, Insightful)

Turn-X Alphonse (789240) | more than 6 years ago | (#19100249)

Maybe it's just me but I find the article to be little more than cock stroking among a peer group in effect.

"I said no to my kids playing games and now they're all well adjusted perfectly fine kids, this clearly shows that no games was what made my kids will adjusted" and then she says "It's a delight to see my kids sitting down and talking, the subject doesn't even matter". So if they all sat down and discussed Half life's plot is that some how being well adjusted and delightful, or is it suddenly evil as the topic is games?

Secondly, she points out how fantastic radio dramas are, yet the reasons she says they are good is the exact thing a good game of Nethack will give you. That little rat known as a Q is infact trying to rip your throat out, so maybe your character dodges, left, then right and finally thrusts his sword into the foul beast. Yet because the medium is different it is "clearly" some evil twisted non-imagination based thing.

Seems to me like this is just some mother going "oh my kids are great, I raised them so well!" when she has zero evidence of what happens if she had let them all watch porn all day and play games to their fill because there is only 1 chance to do it and you will never know the alternative's results.

Re:this article is horrible (1)

Cap'nPedro (987782) | more than 6 years ago | (#19102493)

she has zero evidence of what happens if she had let them all watch porn all day and play games to their fill because there is only 1 chance to do it and you will never know the alternative's results
Don't worry, I turned out fine!

If I had mod points, I would have modded you up, instead of posting this.

When is free not free? (1)

Yaztromo (655250) | more than 6 years ago | (#19100681)

For the information of anyone interested in the free Bejeweled offer, apparently the offer is only good for Bejeweled Deluxe for Windows .

I was ready to jump on this offer, as my Mom adores Bejeweled. Mom, however, is a Mac user -- and it looks like Mac using Moms need to pay cash.

Mom is, of course, worth it -- but after this experience I'll probably buy her one of her other favourites (from another publisher) instead.

Yaz.

Re:When is free not free? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#19100819)

You Fail. The Mac version is also free, downloaded it yesterday.

Ah, but it IS free for OS X (5, Informative)

bluemonq (812827) | more than 6 years ago | (#19101659)

Get the PC registration codes, download the Mac trial, and then activate it with said codes.

Let's hear it for gamer moms! (2)

gotroot801 (7857) | more than 6 years ago | (#19100751)

My mom was an avid gamer. She didn't pwn n00bs in Halo or anything, but she was a devoted Super Mario Bros. addict, from SMB1 through SMB Sunshine. Even before the NES, she loved Astrosmash and Burger Time for the Intellivision. And my dad thought those video games were for me and my brother...

I still miss those phone calls I used to get from her when she'd ask me how to get past a boss or particularly difficult part of the game.

My mom stole my GameBoy (1)

Robaato (958471) | more than 6 years ago | (#19100877)

Our parents bought us an Atari 2600 when we were kids; we played that thing until the colors went funky and all the controllers were broken. Even with that, they decided that the 2600 was all the game system we'd ever need, and refused to buy us anything newer. (I'd visit my NEW BEST FRIEND with the NES all the time.)

When I got my first job (at the local Kmart), I ended up taking matters into my own hands and bought an original Game Boy. When my mom saw it, she went ballistic; Why are you wasting your money on that stuff? was a common refrain.

Then she discovered Tetris.

From that moment on, any time I couldn't find my Game Boy, I knew she had taken it to play Tetris. She even hooked Dad into it. By the time I left for college, I ended up just buying another one.

They still play it to this day. I tried to give them other games, but nothing but Tetris interests them.

Mom Played (1)

airos4 (82561) | more than 6 years ago | (#19100887)

My mom never seemed to "get" video games most of the time, or at least the allure of them. Until... River City Ransom. For some reason, THAT was the one game that she picked up with me and would complain if I wanted to stop playing. She said she liked "beating them up and taking their lunch money" over and over.... many happy hours spent that way. Nothing before or since has captured her like that.

my mom's game (1)

DreadSpoon (653424) | more than 6 years ago | (#19100969)

Myst, Neverwinter Nights, Pirates, Monkey Island, King's Quest, Quest for Glory, Age of Empires, Civilization, Warlords, Heroes of Might and Magic... I could go on, but you probably get the jist of it.

My Dad also games, but he sticks to the FPS games. Unreal series is his favorite.

Maybe it's just the generation gap. I was born just a few years before the advent of video game consoles, and my parents were still young early-20's types then, and they'd played with arcade games before. They picked up an Atari 2600 for themselves, and a couple years later when I was old enough, an NES (came out when I was about 5, I think).

The next few generations are even more likely to see gamer moms. Every girl I know plays at least a few video games, and some are even bigger gaming geeks than I am (I've helped a couple ex-girlfriends build new gaming rigs better than my machine in the last few months). Gamer moms won't see so weird in a few years, I think, as the current crop of young kids will have parents who were themselves gamers as kids.

gaming and my mom (0, Offtopic)

coaxial (28297) | more than 6 years ago | (#19101049)

Back in the day, my favorite game was Defender for the Atari 2600. I was good. I was really good. I would routinely reach level 100. Good days, I'd hit 200. I played that game constantly. I played it so much, that I got a blister on the webbing between my thumb and index finger from moving the joystick around so much. (HEY! YOU IN THE BACK! Quit snickering!) I remember going to my mom crying because my thumb hurt, but I still wanted to play. (I was like 6 at the time.) She put a band-aid over the blister and gave me a white satin glove of hers to wear to keep the band-aid in place and to protect the rest of my hand. I still remember what she said, "There. Now you look like Michael Jackson." Bandaged up, I rejoined the fight the protect the world's cities from alien invasion.

You son, and greatful planet, thank you.

Re:gaming and my mom (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#19101649)

I guess some moderator doesn't believe you or something. *shrug*

Re:gaming and my mom (1)

coaxial (28297) | more than 6 years ago | (#19101925)

I actually suspect it's some moderator with some sort of vendeta. I have no idea why, but it is pretty childish. I don't care though. I've had excellent karma since the the conversion of raw scores to categories. I've got plenty of karma to burn.

My personal favorite mod for that is "troll," even though I acknoledged the good natured obvious trolling for "playing with my joystick."

C'est le vie.

A little OT, but... (4, Interesting)

Alpha830RulZ (939527) | more than 6 years ago | (#19101131)

My mom bought us a TRS 80 (remember those?) back in the day, that was a key start into my life in computing. She was too cheap to buy a PC when I got one in '82, so she had her brother in law, who worked for IBM, get her a discounted IBM desktop machine of some sort, whose name I can't recall. It had a tiny little 8 inch CRT, 16k of RAM, a tape drive as the only storage, and APL http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/APL_(programming_lang uage)/ [wikipedia.org] as an embedded language in it. It didn't do anything, and she wanted a word processor, so, she wrote one. In APL. It was pretty close the first program she ever wrote in her life. It didn't do much, opened a file, allowed you to type into it, position a cursor, etc, but I was impressed, and still am. She inspired me to try things I didn't know how to do or even try, which has been good for me.

Happy Mothers day, Mom.

Re:A little OT, but... (1)

JockTroll (996521) | more than 6 years ago | (#19102545)

My mom bought us a TRS 80 (remember those?)

Yes, we do remember. Keep in mind that we're not all 13-year old emo kids bitchin' about how the world is treating them bad and nobody understands them, yadda yadda yadda. Some of us actually remember the times when we actively had to hunt around for nerds to beat up instead of simply camping out of the computer room.

Re:A little OT, but... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#19103549)

She was too cheap

Who talks about their mother like that? And on Mother's day? Sheesh!

Re:A little OT, but... (1)

Chris Mattern (191822) | more than 6 years ago | (#19107561)

She was too cheap to buy a PC when I got one in '82, so she had her brother in law, who worked for IBM, get her a discounted IBM desktop machine of some sort, whose name I can't recall. It had a tiny little 8 inch CRT, 16k of RAM, a tape drive as the only storage, and APL http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/APL_(programming_lang uage)/ [wikipedia.org] as an embedded language in it.


Sounds like an IBM 5100. Does this [sfsu.edu] look like what you had?

Chris Mattern

MY mom. (1)

yoyhed (651244) | more than 6 years ago | (#19101415)

My mom is 50, and she had a World of Warcraft account, on which she got her character to level 25, before complaining of the grind. Also, she really likes Morrowind.

Re:MY mom. (1)

Stroot (223139) | more than 6 years ago | (#19127955)

My brother and me were born in the 70's and played all kind of games since the early 80's.
My mother always showed interest in them too. She doesn't like FPS and other high paced action games (me neither) but she played rpg's, rts, adventures etc.
For example the kings quests series, gabriel knight, heroes of might and magic, age of empires, quite a few of the same games mentioned earlier.

At the moment she is age 60+ and playing a level 70 healer and level 70 crafter in Everquest2 a few times a week. People always want her in groups and raids since she's a very good healer. Yup, I'm quite proud of her :D

My mom stole my SNES when DK Country came out. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#19101585)

Well, since she was the one who bought it I guess "stole" is the wrong word. Still, the only time I'd get a chance to play was when she was at work. :)

Equalizer (3, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#19102165)

I grew up with a brother in a wheelchair. When the Atari 2600 came out, I begged for one for my birthday and managed to convince my mom to get it. My bro and I played it a lot and she realized it was something he and I (and her sometimes) could do together and his being in a wheelchair wasn't an issue. Then he got an Intellivision. Man! We'd kick ass all day and night playing baseball (20-inning tied games, nobody else could touch us) and racing (we found all the little tracks between the real ones, houses, etc).

Now that the games are better, mom is more into them: Oblivian and the like. When we used to do a lot of RPG'ing, she was even a dedicated and talented GM! Beat that!!

You GO mom! Happy Mom's day!

Heh (1)

hawthorne (220575) | more than 6 years ago | (#19105431)

My mother was a programmer / geek many years before I was born. I must have been in my mid-late 20s before I was answering as many techie questions as I asked. I still remember her helping me through my first kernel re-compilation when I was 9 or 10 (should I be ashamed to admit that it was SCO unix?)

Now, at well over 60, she's still geek enough that she's an officer in an end-game raiding guild in WoW.

Now that I have kids of my own, I hope that I'm still keeping up with the latest tech in 30+ years time!

Hardly Surprising... (1)

Coan_teen (941463) | more than 6 years ago | (#19106009)

Given that my mom is the resident Legend of Zelda fanatic in our household, and the one who's always burning all the bandwidth on WoW. She did more than indulge our gaming, she participated. I got her a copy of Four Swords Adventures for Christmas and she was ecstatic. Kind of a freak, but we love her all the more.

Mom's No Gamer in Her Golden Years (1)

datastrategy (1098249) | more than 6 years ago | (#19107051)

Alas, since my mom is very much the senior citizen, and well into her golden years, she's never managed to get into the electronic games scene (even on a computer, which she doesn't own nor has shown any interest in owning). The truth is, if I gave her an electronic game for Mother's Day, she'd think I'd lost my mind (unless there were flowers and chocolate also tucked away inside the box somewhere).

3 mom (1)

rubberbandball (1076739) | more than 6 years ago | (#19120867)

i'm not sure what exactly has been going through her head these years, but until the release of ps2/gamecube/xbox my mother purchased every major console (including saturn and dreamcast!) for me when they came out. she helped me map out dungeons in the original LoZ, helped me defuse the bombs at the dam level in TMNT, fought me for playtime on kingdom hearts 1 and 2; fought alongside me in (i can't believe i'm admitting this) the chronicles of narnia for PS2; and continues to lecture me about how my swing in super swing golf needs work, while asking me for advice on Oblivion and FF7 ('how is this supposed to be the best RPG of all time?! the characters are all blocky!' 'mom it's like.. 11 years old.' 'i liked 6 more.' 'whatever mom.') sometimes i wish she didn't, because then i would probably have a social life. then again, i'm glad she did. the sun sucks.

The Amazing Karnac (1)

MrCopilot (871878) | more than 6 years ago | (#19148639)

*Holds envelope to forehead/turban.

Your Mom and Gaming

Two Things I did Last Night. Hi-O.

mnmnmmmthat's good satire.

Check for New Comments
Slashdot Account

Need an Account?

Forgot your password?

Don't worry, we never post anything without your permission.

Submission Text Formatting Tips

We support a small subset of HTML, namely these tags:

  • b
  • i
  • p
  • br
  • a
  • ol
  • ul
  • li
  • dl
  • dt
  • dd
  • em
  • strong
  • tt
  • blockquote
  • div
  • quote
  • ecode

"ecode" can be used for code snippets, for example:

<ecode>    while(1) { do_something(); } </ecode>
Sign up for Slashdot Newsletters
Create a Slashdot Account

Loading...