Family Gamer talk about their dads in different ways, they all seem to agree that they make up a big part of what it is to be a family."/>
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Dads are a tricky subject. Some are loving and inspiring whilst others absent and off hand. Some are communicative and open, whilst others are as hard to faEddie as the depths of loch ness. Some are in touch with their creativity and at ease with their feminine side, whilst others are purely manly. Although the people I've got to know through Family Gamer talk about their dads in different ways, they all seem to agree that they make up a big part of what it is to be a family.
However we do as fathers, or however we relate to our fathers, perhaps the most important aspect is to simple be there in each other's lives. With this in mind it's interesting that Wikipedia suggests the focus of Father's Day is about celebrating 'family-oriented activities' together, rather than the 'gift giving', 'flowers' or 'lie-ins' of mother's day.
Sunday June 15th 2008 is father's day in over 30 countries. And it's a great excuse to give Dad's something that compliments their social, game playing, fun instincts. Let's take a moment to pick out a few video games that should be a good fit for your Dad, or perhaps help your partner enjoy their Father's time with your kids.
Dad and Kids Rainy Day Fun: Here are some games for Dad to playing with the kids on those long rainy afternoons. These should work well both for gamer Dads playing with their offspring and for younger gamers looking for something suitable to play with their novice male-parental-unit.
For Dads this is often once the family are all tucked up in bed.
Dad's Cave Time: Everyone needs time to recharge. And for Dads this is often once the family are all tucked up in bed. If he's into computers then he may be interested in trying console-based games too. After dark with a beer or two, some snacks and a pair of headphones he can happily play the following games without worrying about rousing the rest of the house.
Dad's Commute to Work: Once the fun, family and feasting of the weekend are behind him, every Dad must face the road back to work. Why not ease his way with any of these handheld games that should make the journey pass a little quicker.
Dad's Lad's Night In: Every Dad needs to let his hair down now and again. When the boys are over, it's time to shuffle Viva Piņata and Cooking Mama back under the sofa and get out the man games. Here are some body-checking, fist pounding, bloke-friendly games for when Dad has the boys round.
Dad's and Mum Time: Behind every great gaming Dad there is a great woman. And what better thrill can there be than to have her play along with you. Here are some games for Dad, which should also get Mum up off the sofa wanting to play as well.
The years before the family and commitments no doubt still hold the expectation and excitement of starting out in life.
Dad's Misspent Youth: Dad wasn't always a Dad. The years before the family and commitments no doubt still hold the expectation and excitement of starting out in life. Why not give him a trip down memory lane with some of the games he used to play back then.
Hopefully one or more of these lists should suit the Dads in your life, and provide some inspiration for their Father's Day gift. I'll be back in a couple of week to talk more generally about Family Gaming. Until then why not have a read through my other columns.
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