What a way to start a new project month – with a true confession.
Here it is – I’m not really that much of a game fan. That’s right, I’m just not that into them.
I come from a family that’s crazy for games. On any given night, you can still find my Dad crowing over a game of backgammon, in his never-ending pursuit to be the all-time champion of the house. My siblings are all pretty competitive, and they always seem to be up for some type of game- mah jong, hearts, a race to the end of the driveway, a basketball shoot-out – just give this family something to play, and they will compete.
I liked the games and the competition when we all lived at home, but since moving out and starting my own family, I haven’t played as many games. Maybe it’s just a function of having young kids, or that my husband isn’t that into games either, but we don’t make a regular habit of playing. We have some board games, and I’ll play with S. from time to time, but we’re not really dedicated players.
The reason for choosing games as the topic for the month, is that S. loves it when we do play. He’s very interested in learning how to play more games, so that’s the plan for this month. I’ll be documenting the ups and downs, and also brainstorming ways to create the space and time to really get into the games that he loves. Who knows, maybe I’ll rekindle some love for games through the process.
There are a few elements about games that do spark my interest. First, I’m really interested in Howard Gardner’s theory of multiple intelligences and how this affects which games people prefer. Also, I always love a DIY challenge – if there’s a way to make a home-made version of any given game, I’m all for it. So my own two areas of interest will undoubtedly pop up during the month.
So, let the games begin!
Where are you on the game continuum – do you love them, do you hate them, or are you somewhere in between? What games do you like? Why?