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spikyhairjon

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New parent
« on: May 26, 2011, 01:59:13 AM »
I just became a new parent about a week ago and I was wondering if any other gaming parents had any tips about being a gamer and a parent.

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Re: New parent
« Reply #1 on: May 26, 2011, 02:15:24 AM »
I'm not a parent but I suggest

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Re: New parent
« Reply #2 on: May 26, 2011, 02:48:55 AM »
Learn how to game with one hand.

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Re: New parent
« Reply #3 on: May 26, 2011, 10:53:49 AM »
Congrats!  I'd say check out turn-based strategy games.  Disgaea, Final Fantasy Tactics, Tactics Ogre, that kind of stuff.
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Re: New parent
« Reply #4 on: May 26, 2011, 12:42:40 PM »
Learn to love the pause button.

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Re: New parent
« Reply #5 on: May 26, 2011, 01:13:57 PM »
Congrats, my daughter is 2 weeks old tomorrow, I still haven't figured out how to game and raise the child, I more or less have thrown the baby to the girlfriend and run to my gaming room in the hopes she doesn't realize I'm back there for 30 minutes at a time. Probably the best way is to learn to sleep at work and not get fired.

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Re: New parent
« Reply #6 on: May 26, 2011, 03:19:09 PM »
Play games with your kid. Believe me, we kids love sharing hobbies with our parents that we find fun. I still try to make my dad play games with me every so often.
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Re: New parent
« Reply #7 on: May 26, 2011, 03:36:01 PM »
It'll probably be a few years before you can play video games with your kid but you should definitely warm to playing baby games with her/him. Peek-a-boo, pilot, etc.

You're naturally going to have to cut back on your personal gaming time for a while but you'll be bonding with your child and babies can be very entertaining. :)

Note: Mind you, I'm far from being a parent so anything I say is from babysitting my nieces/nephews and listening to my 'rents.
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Re: New parent
« Reply #8 on: May 26, 2011, 03:47:27 PM »

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Re: New parent
« Reply #9 on: May 26, 2011, 04:25:18 PM »
When my son, who is now an avid gamer, was young I learned to play late, late at night and survive on little sleep. Now, late night and early morning sessions are my "be alone quality game play time"...old habits, lol, and CONGRATS btw, kids are great fun (for the most part)
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Re: New parent
« Reply #10 on: May 26, 2011, 04:57:47 PM »
I am a parent of a 10 year old so I can offer a bit of advice/insight.
There is no way you will be able to play as much as you used to. Accept this, and you'll be better off. I rarely, if ever, played games around my son when he was young, and still don't. On the list of things I'd like to pass on to him, gaming is pretty damn low on the list. I tend to play at night after my wife and son have gone to bed. Despite this, my son still expressed interest in playing games. I didn't allow him to start playing until age 6 or 7, though. He is restricted on how much he gets to play, and I make sure he spends plenty of time outdoors and playing with other kids.
I would recommend getting a bit more picky about what games you play. Don't waste your time on mediocre stuff or you'll miss a lot of good games. I'd also look for shorter games or you'll be stuck on the same game for months at a time.

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I don't envy you the experience of having a baby in the house. It was pretty much torture. Very little sleep, stinky diapers, incessant crying, etc etc etc. Let alone all the money spent on said stinky diapers, formula, and everything else. I absolutely could not wait for him to grow up.
I don't know how anyone ever decides to have more than one. The wife and I agreed that we didn't want to go through that again.

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Re: New parent
« Reply #11 on: May 26, 2011, 06:32:34 PM »
If you shake it enough, it will eventually be quiet. At least, according to Peter Griffon.

I'd personally get used to being behind the trend of gaming, and start investing in a nice comfy toilet seat since the only gaming you'll probably get in is on the throne.

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Re: New parent
« Reply #12 on: May 26, 2011, 07:02:04 PM »
Alright, I'm going to repeat this bit of information, but I'll add something new to it. FIND SOMETHING YOU AND YOUR KID CAN DO TOGETHER

It's really important to us. I know that my dad tried with sports, but I can't stand most. After that he gave up. I tried getting him into video games, but he didn't like it too much (I'll keep trying with Tales of Vesperia). This really put a damper on our relationship. Seriously, activities you can do together ARE HUGE to us. I don't know how much I can stress this, but find something you two can do together and have fun with. You might have to sacrifice something, like if he enjoys sports while you enjoy video games, but find SOMETHING you can do.

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Re: New parent
« Reply #13 on: May 27, 2011, 12:25:45 AM »
My advice:

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Re: New parent
« Reply #14 on: May 27, 2011, 05:40:32 PM »
Thanks everyone for the advice (besides shaking the baby) and the congratulations . I definitely plan on playing games with her, if she wants too. Hopefully she likes video games cause rpgs will be a great game genre to play together since then tend to have good stories