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And Then I Laughed Until I Cried

What was your first computer gaming system?  Mine was Super Nintendo.  Oh, how I loved my Super Nintendo.  It was a step up from the old Nintendo – you remember, the one with the games that you had to blow into to make them work? – and I was addicted to playing in my imaginary computer game world.  I usually played with neighborhood friends, but I occasionally played with my mom.  And I’ll never forget the way she played.

When she wanted to make her avatar jump, she’d press her finger down on the ‘A’ button and lurch up, lifting her butt off the seat of the couch. When she wanted to go right, she thrash to the right. To turn left, she suddenly lean forward and left, simultaneously punching her finger on the arrow. Basically, she used her body as the controller. And it made me laugh so hard.  Moms – they were just so uncool.

Now I realize… she wasn’t uncool. She was ahead of her times. 

My mom came to visit this weekend, and we plugged in the Xbox 360 + Kinect to play Sports and Dance Central 2. Let me tell you – it was a hoot. For once, her body really was the controller thanks to the Kinect.

It took her a while to get the hang of it – she kept running towards the screen, for example, instead of running in place. A glass or two of wine was knocked over in the process of beating me in the boxing round of the Sports party mode.  But after a few minutes, she was killing it. Especially when we played Dance Central 2. My mom is a member of a tango society, and although the songs were a wee bit different, she got down with the best of them.

As I said in my last Xbox post, I’m so surprised at how fun the console is for everyone – not just gamers. It’s such a social activity that creates so many fun and memorable moments. Just put your wine in a safe spot.

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Read more from CaitlinHTP on her blog, Healthy Tipping Point.

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