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  1. I'm sure that many people have seen it already, but this article at The Escapist ("The Way My Kid Plays Video Games Pisses Me Off") popped up on my timeline recently, and it's made me think about how things have changed in the way people (especially young people) consume video games. I think the writer of the article itself probably thought that they were being tongue-in-cheek, although to me it comes across as rather gross. There are parts where I think the writer is not really being honest with themselves, and that, deep inside, they actually think their child is a "filthy casual." Maybe it's just me. Nevertheless, I'm a father of a four-year-old kid who has expressed interest in video games, and now I'm wondering what I should do next. On the one hand, I admit what I play and how I play is not the modern way. (I beat Konami Wai Wai World recently--an old-skool Konami Famicom game with an unrelenting, unforgiving design that would be unthinkable in this day and age. I enjoyed it, though.) On the other hand, I have mixed feelings about the pervasiveness of YouTube in consuming game content and the experience of Roblox-like games. I don't have any immediate answers, but I am planning to let my child approach games as books--letting them play what they think is interesting, but checking with them from time to time, trying not to be pushy about my own likes and dislikes. Or is that too hands-off? I'd be curious to know what other people think.
  2. So, Motherland was initially a comedy pilot last year for BBC Two and thanks to good audience response it was commissioned. The writing team includes Graham Linehan (Father Ted, IT Crowd) and Sharon Horgan (Catastrophe), and actors include Anna Maxwell Martin as career woman Anna and the brilliant Diane Morgan as single mum Liz. The first episode featured a chaotic birthday party, with a racist entertainer and a sick birthday girl. Anyone else watching, or identifying strongly with the characters?
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