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Monday, March 01, 2010  

The Block Side

It's not like I have a lot of time to play video games at all these days, but I've given Grand Theft Auto 3 a rest. Or maybe it's given one to me. Until I get better at gunfighting, downgrading my wanted level, or picking up bundles of porno magazines, I'm pretty much stuck.

Enter Lego Star Wars II. Unlike GTA3, this is a game I can play with M. Edium. Because of how it's got multiplayer mode cute and funny and all about his two favorite things in the world. Three, if you count the person playing with him.

And in some ways, the game is better than the movies. There's no lame dialogue; instead, the characters, when they need to communicate with each other during the cutscenes, simply mime and grunt at each other Miss Othmar-like. And there's a lot more slapstick comedy, like the bit with Luke's new hand at the end of Episode V running amok aboard the medical frigate. Hilarious!

So obviously it's a lot different from the last Star Wars game I played. The biggest drawback so far is that there doesn't seem to be a way to save your progress in the middle of a level. Whose idea was it to design a game for kids that can only be played in one-hour chunks? And in fact it can be longer when the kid in the partnership keeps getting lost, stuck, and/or disassembled. Whereas when I'm playing GTA3 and I need to quit, I can usually quit instantly without losing any progress because I generally haven't made any.

So I also play it when he's asleep. It's a different experience then. The game goes more smoothly, and you have a chance of actually reaching the goal number of those tiny little round Lego buttons you're supposed to collect in each level, the ones that in real life just end up inside the vacuum cleaner.

In fact, sometimes Chao and I play it on nights when he's over. M. Edium might give us an assignment to work on -- complete this level, or defeat that enemy -- and then it's up to us to make that happen. Which we then do. Of course, it's not like he ever checks our progress or even asks the next morning, so we could play the Shaun White snowboarding game on the Wii instead and he'd never know the difference. But that game makes us all sweaty anyway.

If I find myself with a spare hour, I tell Trash that I'm playing "M. Edium's" Lego Star Wars game for his benefit. I'm just trying to unlock more features, characters, and cheats for him so he can enjoy the experience more in our next bi-monthly game session. It's all about the boy, really.

The things I do for that child.

posted by M. Giant 8:19 AM 2 comments

2 Comments:

I'm glad I'm not the only one who does this! I spent 3 hours and got a blister on my thumb trying to finish a level on Super Mario Wii!

You are a good dad!!!

By Blogger My name is Andy., at March 2, 2010 at 2:41 AM  

I did the same thing with Viva Pinata - was playing all night with our newborn, so that our toddler would have more progress the next day!

- JeniMull

By Anonymous Anonymous, at March 2, 2010 at 4:41 PM  

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