Friend codes are stupid. I think the only ones denying this are on the Nintendo payroll. That said, as an adult they have become more of an impedance than anything. I've played online, I've played with my cousins and nephews and we don't even bother to trade the codes because we want to use all the time we can to play, not enter long strings of numbers with a tiny stylus.
So I started using the personal greeting as a friend code sharing area. I know this only works one way but if we all start doing this and it becomes the normal thing to do...we can bypass that inane restriction. Then when you get home you can add them at your leisure. Hopefully the people you meet will add you too.
I know its not an ideal solution but its a workaround that needs everyone's support. A real movement.
@iam3green: Oh I signed in during the early days when I followed Jeff here from his "Still Alive" blog. Then work blocked the website and I had a kid...hence the lack of posts. I have a little history elsewhere.
@nickb64: I work from home to make ends meet so free time is hard to come by.
I'm a father now, have been for 3 years. It has been a long dry run with my thirst for video games satiated exclusively by short bursts of portable and mobile games. Sure I've picked up a few of the bigger console blockbusters. Many of which I have yet to finish and more then two still sit sealed in cellophane...(Portal 2)
My kid is almost 3 now and he's not really a sit down and watch TV kind of kid. (He takes after his mother with all that running outside in the grass and exercising and crap.) Lately though he has shown interest in my iPhone games so I picked up a few simple slider puzzle games for him to enjoy. He likes them.
My question to all you parents out there, I know you're out there somewhere, is when is the right time to introduce a kid to video games? Serious dedication and skill games not mobile/flash toys. I realize that all children are different so I'm not asking for an age specifically but a maturity milestone sort of recommendation.
Oh and while we're at it, when do you suggest I introduce fighters and shooters....?