As of today, I am a proud father to a four month old boy. Unsurprisingly life has changed in pretty much every conceivable way, but in two areas that seem a) interesting to me and b) hopefully interesting in terms of a discussion.
My gaming has changed. This was always likely to happen but pre-birth I thought I would essentially stop gaming outside of a mobile game or two. Now it could well be that this has proved perfect timing with the release of the Switch, but I am still actually playing a fair bit. True, a lot of it is 5-10 minute bursts but also I find that I am sitting down and playing Puyo Puyo with my wife (who normally is not interested in gaming at all) and I checked my log time the other day on Zelda and it is actually 70+ hours, which equates to 10+ hours a week I guess since release. So clearly I am finding time somehow!
Emotionally I seem to be more tuned-in to writing in games. I am currently playing I Am Setsuna and there is a lot of the typical “protect family/friends/the world” and I find myself way more emotionally invested now that I would have been six months ago. This is certainly having an impact when I watch TV and films (even Fast and Furious 8 had some family stuff in that had me welling up, which is mind-blowingly crazy) but also in games as well.
Just wondering how you fellow Dad’s manage on the gaming front, and also if you have found your attitudes changing to family/violence/other stuff in games.
Or, if you want, we can all just talk about our kids.