The Future Gamer

My First Video Game System: The Intellivision.
I started playing video games at the age of 9.  My father got us the Intellivision Entertainment System for Christmas way back in 1980.  I remember playing Baseball, Triple Action and Night Stalker the entire day, and for many days, months and years after that.  Next came Radio Shack's Color Computer 2, or CoCo 2 for short.  I remember playing this Arkanoid rip-off on the system.  Man was it bad.  I was 11 at the time.  These systems were my first forray into a lifelong hobby.
My Second Video Game System: The TRS-80 or CoCo 2.


Which brings me to my nephew Tristan.  Tristan is 4 years old and already an avid gamer.  Contrary to myself, he started gaming at the age of 3 with Lego Star Wars: The Complete Saga.  He then moved onto Lego Indiana Jones, in which he gleefully takes pride in pushing me over ledges and laughing his little ass off when we play together.  But don't be fooled by his mischevious ways, he is quite good Lego games.  He knows exactly what to do and when to do it.  He knows when to use certain objects and what these objects do to the environment.

But that is nothing compared to what I witnessed over the weekend.  After begging me to let him play some Battlefield Bad Company, even though his mother was completely against it, he did something unimaginable.  After his mother and I each took cracks at shooting down a helicopter from the sky with a rocket launched, failing miserably, Tristan grabbed the controller and said "Let me try!"  First try, he gets killed.  Second try too.  But on the third try, this 4-year old kid SHOOTS DOWN THE DAMN HELICOPTER!  "Mommy!  Uncle Denis!  I did it!" he exclaims, while my sister and I looked at each other dumbfounded.

Even though this isn't a sporting or academic accomplishment, it is still a huge deal for a young kid that age.  He didn't win anything that day, nor did he learn anything, but one thing's for certain: he took his first steps into a brave new world... and made his uncle very proud at the same time.


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Posted by DBoy
My First Video Game System: The Intellivision.
I started playing video games at the age of 9.  My father got us the Intellivision Entertainment System for Christmas way back in 1980.  I remember playing Baseball, Triple Action and Night Stalker the entire day, and for many days, months and years after that.  Next came Radio Shack's Color Computer 2, or CoCo 2 for short.  I remember playing this Arkanoid rip-off on the system.  Man was it bad.  I was 11 at the time.  These systems were my first forray into a lifelong hobby.
My Second Video Game System: The TRS-80 or CoCo 2.


Which brings me to my nephew Tristan.  Tristan is 4 years old and already an avid gamer.  Contrary to myself, he started gaming at the age of 3 with Lego Star Wars: The Complete Saga.  He then moved onto Lego Indiana Jones, in which he gleefully takes pride in pushing me over ledges and laughing his little ass off when we play together.  But don't be fooled by his mischevious ways, he is quite good Lego games.  He knows exactly what to do and when to do it.  He knows when to use certain objects and what these objects do to the environment.

But that is nothing compared to what I witnessed over the weekend.  After begging me to let him play some Battlefield Bad Company, even though his mother was completely against it, he did something unimaginable.  After his mother and I each took cracks at shooting down a helicopter from the sky with a rocket launched, failing miserably, Tristan grabbed the controller and said "Let me try!"  First try, he gets killed.  Second try too.  But on the third try, this 4-year old kid SHOOTS DOWN THE DAMN HELICOPTER!  "Mommy!  Uncle Denis!  I did it!" he exclaims, while my sister and I looked at each other dumbfounded.

Even though this isn't a sporting or academic accomplishment, it is still a huge deal for a young kid that age.  He didn't win anything that day, nor did he learn anything, but one thing's for certain: he took his first steps into a brave new world... and made his uncle very proud at the same time.


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Posted by JamesF

Wow, I wasn't even leet at age 4 :P

Nah, but congratz on raising your nephew the right way gaming-wise :D

Posted by EleFlameMax

Get him into drawing, writing, math or just have him tell you his game ideas. You should have him pick up an artform as fast as he can so that he can pursue a career in game development!

Posted by Everyones_A_Critic

Future MLG player over here ;)

Posted by Aaron_G

Looks like you helped make a gamer out of him.

Posted by temperedvortex

This kid is gonna be big in the world of gaming someday

Posted by L

Gaming is only going to get better. ;)

Posted by MsCortana

Don't they just make you so proud...

Posted by Gearhead

No offense, but I kind of find that disturbing....

Posted by turambar35

Aw he's cute. Kids these days are growing up so fast...

Posted by DBoy

Gearhead: Why is this disturbing to you?

Posted by Player1

So thats what the famous Tristan looks like! AKA the lego games God. We all know the only reason you let him play is to pad you achievement score ;). 


Wow what a beast. He has some potential to go MLG. Im sure his mother is very proud. 
Posted by Homes

Winar.

Posted by DrCLos

Wow I don't think I started gaming until age 7. My first game was Super Mario Bros and I stunk at it. It took me forever to get by the first level. :P

Posted by ArtG

Pro gamer in the future? I think so.

Posted by NoDeath

Wow! give that kid a pat on the back (though I suspect you already have). I have to say though he looks older that 4. If I had to guess his age I would have said more like 6 or 7.

Posted by ZER01

Well it looks like your nephew is learning his gaming skills from and old school gameing pro. Its lovely to here about familys gameing together ,I'm all for family and gameing. Your nephew will remember this day for along time. i bet hes told the rest of your family and his freinds. oh yes indeed. Good times :)

Posted by Torb

Haha, that's pretty awesome. Except he does look older than 4...which is strange.

But yea man, keep workin on him! Good progress so far! :D

Posted by phlegms

Are you trying to tell me a four year old easily beat the bit of bad company that saw me dying a ridiculous amount of times..
Now I feel all inadequate:p

Posted by frankthelizard

He's kinda like a little D-boy!

Posted by Tru3_Blu3

Cute story. The child has a destiny of bringing something to the game industry.

Posted by Dj

Thats a heart warming tale right there.

Posted by fraser

Sounds like he's more than capable of handling the 100%!

Posted by DBoy

To All: He does look older than 4, and my sister gets told that almost every day.  His father is 6'5" and close to 250 pounds, so it doesn't surprise me that he's so big.