Fatherhood and Gaming

Fatherhood and Gaming

Image from Google Search   Something many look at going forward in life is becoming a parent. It’s not for everyone, but for those who DO want to (or find themselves falling into the lifestyle) many things take a backseat. Mostly hobbies. But as gamers, this isn’t an end to our habits, instead it simply changes them. We begin with these little bundles that don’t require much because they sleep so often but every few hours wake us up. During the times we can’t get back to sleep, a few (centuries) rounds of Civilization fills the gap. Eventually, the little bundles sleep through the night and we find ourselves capable of staying up for spans of time we only really did in our college/high school years. A few hours of Madden, Counterstrike or Total War bridges us from the living room to the bed room.   Eventually growing into toddlers (I’m keenly aware of this one, since that’s where my own daughter is at right now) they gain great amounts of interest in every part of our lives. Sitting them on our laps and allowing them to hold a controller (unplugged of course) and you have their attention for a while. My nephew was actually capable of playing shooters and minecraft after watching his Dad and he was only three. Now he’s turning seven and can’t wait to show me the new games he has when I come over. One day, he’ll even beat all the adults regularly enough to make us all rage quit.   The point is, and this isn’t a long post because it doesn’t need...
JDrifts

JDrifts

I’d recently been looking into ‘The Crew’, because a co-worker of mine has been enjoying it and I’ve stumbled across a Youtuber who has been doing Steam Giveaways alongside his videos of ‘The Crew’, ‘GTA5’ and ‘Hardline’. He even featured in one of the ‘Highlight Reel’ videos from Kotaku which I really like.   With only a few thousand subscribers, unlike some Steam Giveaways you have a much better chance of winning with smaller Youtubers like Jdrifts which is a nice side effect while you’re checking out gaming videos. He’s also tied to SlapTrain1 and a few other youtubers so hopefully this is a small video partner network in the making that we can watch from the ground up!   His Youtube account can be found at  https://www.youtube.com/user/JDrifts and his twitter account at https://twitter.com/JDriftsYouTube...
52 Week Challenge

52 Week Challenge

Firstly, updates. The Steam Badge thing was fun, but there was no way to compete with the likes of other sites that provide greater functionality. I wanted to have a service that was really useful but the manual updating of it meant I was days behind on everything, and most sites also provided additional services like trading bots and what not. It makes me sad, but I’d rather come into the new year with a fresh take on things.   To that end, I’m a communicator. I love talking about, exploring the themes of, deconstructing and basically expounding upon, my hobbies. Which includes gaming. And gaming was the reason I started this blog. I got caught up in the “zomg so many people are coming to the site” that I forgot I just wanted to communicate with people. I wanted to be that positive voice that seems to be lacking in the gaming sector (with a few exceptions, of course).   So where does this leave thegeniusinc.com? Simple. I’m ‘starting over’. I’m going to focus on writing a blog post every few days (or at least once a week). It will probably be around gaming or programming. Meanwhile in my life I’m focusing on this course I’m taking online from the University of Alberta for Paleobiology and on my day job (which is programming). I’m now a father, so that’s taking up most of the rest of that time and the rest of it is going to relaxing with friends to play board games or roleplaying games.   However I wanted to make sure that I’m not losing out...