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Teamwork

September 16, 2022 by Tim

…makes the dream work.


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Gonfrask
Gonfrask
16 days ago

My wife’s grandpa usually joked about he hab had children because he couldn’t have slaves…this in some way, is the same

Marsh
Marsh
16 days ago

It’s a win-win..

Eldest Gruff
Eldest Gruff
16 days ago

In other news, the patch to fix online disconnects was released today, making Wednesday’s comic now out of date.

Thank God.

Logan
Logan
16 days ago
Reply to  Eldest Gruff

Just sub nearly any other game that requires online to play, and matchmaking.

Some Guy
Some Guy
15 days ago
Reply to  Eldest Gruff

You say “Out of date”; I say, “Impetus”.

ReaverRogue
ReaverRogue
16 days ago

This, this right here?

Dad goals.

Toke
Toke
15 days ago
Reply to  ReaverRogue

Can confirm. Am Dad. Got a 3 year old who has complete Mario Odyssey 3 times now.
Couldn’t be more proud.

Scortch
Scortch
16 days ago

Reminds me when I let ym daughter play my WoW account because I needed those Easter eggs.

Derfman1963
Derfman1963
16 days ago
Reply to  Scortch

Lol, my youngest was using my account and the first time he ran Stratholm he got the friggin mount that me and his older brother just could not get to drop. Lucky me.

Verdiekus
Verdiekus
16 days ago
Reply to  Derfman1963

I still haven’t gotten that Mount and I don’t want to think about how many times I ran that dungeon….

Scortch
Scortch
15 days ago
Reply to  Scortch

Here’s whats funny. I ran that dungeon nonstop later on and eventually got the mount. But never got my set pants from there.

BlacRok
BlacRok
16 days ago

I’m still in my mid-college days, but in the future, when I have to bunk with 5 friends to afford a rood remotely close to the place I’m interning at, I wonder if I could just have a game on a device only I have. Which at this point is only an Xbox system, so kind of limited, yet perhaps still give the others the option to play on my account to get the time stamp and pass grinds done faster when I’ve got life and alternate hobbies to meander with. same in practice to the above, but I see… Read more »

FireballDragon
FireballDragon
16 days ago

I don’t have kids, but I don’t necessarily believe in limiting screen time for them, yeah.

Alcor
Alcor
16 days ago
Reply to  FireballDragon

You’re getting downvoted but it’s pretty hypocritical for a gamer to not let his kids play.

The Legacy
The Legacy
16 days ago
Reply to  Alcor

There’s nothing wrong with screen time. You just have to make sure that one’s kids are doing everything they need to do for the day, and give them ample opportunities to do things outside the house.

Dagroth
Dagroth
16 days ago
Reply to  The Legacy

Opportunities, ok. If you try to -make- kids do something they don’t want to, you’re going to have about the opposite effect.
My parents tried to get me to go outside, pretty much by making me to, since I had no interest in sports and whatnot. It never worked, I still don’t care to. Even if I don’t play video games, I will sit inside my own place with a book, or a movie, etc.

Edit: Tim, I was for some reason locked out of my regular account here. It says to contact you, but I don’t know how. Help?

Last edited 16 days ago by Dagroth
TomB
TomB
14 days ago
Reply to  The Legacy

For a fair number of kids, that’s true. Some kids have more issues from it that aren’t always immediately apparent either.

Andhaka
Andhaka
16 days ago
Reply to  Alcor

Let them play is one thing. Unlimited screen time it’s another. 😉

Cheers

Alcor
Alcor
16 days ago
Reply to  Andhaka

I grew up with unlimited screen time and I think it went fine. It’s why I had enough video game variety to really appreciate the field at a younger age. What if they wanted to read a lot? Wouldn’t that be okay?

Bernie Margolis
Bernie Margolis
16 days ago
Reply to  Alcor

As with all other addictive substances, it really depends on the person. Some people can self-regulate their screen time with no issues, and others have to be guided more sternly. My parenting philosophy was to start out strict and relax the reins as they grew older. I think that imposing screen time is counter-productive by the time your kids are on the upper end of high school because they’re old enough to understand natural consequences, and if you don’t give them a chance to screw up on their own when the stakes are still low, they’ll just go out and… Read more »

TomB
TomB
14 days ago

I agree, but when all but two kids in a grade 5 class have cellphones and they all know how to google hacks and ways to access sites that you’d rather they weren’t on… well… trouble is likely in one form or another. And sometimes using the school computers to express some angry views on other students can get other parents *and* the school system involved. Theoretically, of course. Let’s just say that sometimes, the best thing to do is disable the kid’s devices for particular windows of time and for particular sites until they do reach the level of… Read more »

Tim Tucker
Tim Tucker
13 days ago
Reply to  Alcor

The biggest difference between older games and games now is the increase in “freemium” games.

Having studied a bit of cognitive psychology, there are a LOT of shady practices that newer games employ to “drive engagement” and manipulate users to spend money.

Most adults don’t have the skills to even recognize when and how they’re being manipulated — kids stand almost no chance against this stuff.

leduk
leduk
13 days ago
Reply to  Alcor

anecdotal arguments are useless. Statistics are obvious. Unlimited screen time is bad for kids AND also for adults. Fact.

Vampyrr
Vampyrr
16 days ago
Reply to  Tim

I guess more if you didnt let them bake or cook anything

Dorander
Dorander
15 days ago
Reply to  Vampyrr

Except that’s not really valid reasoning, is it. There are some things we don’t let kids do because they are considered too dangerous for the stage of development they’re at.

“It’s hypocritical not to let your kids drive a car when you’re a racedriver.”
“It’s hypocritical not to let your kids play with loaded guns when you’re a weapons manufacturer.”
“It’s hypocritical not to let your kids play with wildlife when you’re a hunter.”

The question shouldn’t be “what is it the parent does?” but should be “what is the consequence of this choice on the development of your child?”

Ashi
Ashi
15 days ago
Reply to  Dorander

I think you’re presenting some absurd examples yourself. “Would you let your kids play with loaded guns?” is the epitome of a loaded example and you know it. I think a more fair question would be “Is it hypocritical for a weapons manufacturer to not let their children LEARN to use firearms?”

Dorander
Dorander
15 days ago
Reply to  Ashi

What on earth is the objective definition of “loaded example”? An example that you don’t want to acknowledge illustrates the exact point? The reasoning used is, “If the parent does X, the kid can do X”. There’s no nuance to indicate what X might be, or any context that suggests reasonable limits. If you think my examples are loaded, you must really loathe the old expression used against people who point out that others did the same thing when caught doing something wrong or stupid: “if that person jumped off a cliff, would you jump off a cliff too?” The… Read more »

CBL
CBL
14 days ago
Reply to  Ashi

I disagree that the last example is more fair, because the original question is about limiting screentime. I, as someone who plays games, limit my screentime because that shit is a drug and while I absolutely love it and won’t cut it out of my life, it’s a huge black hole of time that I do need and want to spend elsewhere. Hitting the entertainment button with such precision and consistency, like games do, definitely screws up your brain a little if you leave it entirely unchecked. That doesn’t mean that games are inherently bad or shouldn’t exist, but it’s… Read more »

TomB
TomB
14 days ago
Reply to  Tim

If you were a pastry chef, and I was your kid, I’d attempt to convince you it was! ;0)

My grandad was a pastry chef. That’s definitely not a good recipe for a lean shape in K-6. He could make a turnover the likes of which you can’t imagine… and he fed all the neighbor kids cookies, turnovers, tarts, etc. when they came over. Which they did as they knew there were treats. (kids don’t miss much)

leduk
leduk
13 days ago
Reply to  Alcor

limiting screen time is NOT not letting kids play. It’s bad for anyone to spend all his day in front a of screen, period. I’m an adult and I dont play all day long, even on my days of…

leduk
leduk
13 days ago
Reply to  FireballDragon

keep not having kids then.

Gnarph
Gnarph
16 days ago

I may be guilty of this…. *eyes GTA Online account*

Michael L Livote
Michael L Livote
16 days ago

This IS why you have children after all….

Turken
Turken
16 days ago

Yep. And not just for pass grinding. They’re also helping me whittle down the game backlog (here child, try out this cool *brand new* game while I watch as I get house stuff done!), and are handy for playing 4player local games without having to coordinate schedules with other people too busy with their own families.
The only downside is when they get too good as they have more time to play. I may never win another round of Smash Bros again at this point…

Alcor
Alcor
16 days ago

This whole screen time thing strikes me as very Luddite.

Richard Weatherfield
Richard Weatherfield
16 days ago
Reply to  Alcor

WHich shows that you don’t know what a Luddite actually is.

Eldest Gruff
Eldest Gruff
16 days ago

For all you know, he could be speaking in the historical sense, critiquing the continued mechanization and automation of the modern textile industry. Screen printing time takes away good-paying embroidery jobs from the common man. Rage against the machine!

VibrantEvolution
VibrantEvolution
16 days ago

always handy to let your kids exp-grind

Number51x
Number51x
16 days ago

So you’ve created an IRL AFK Minecraft farm. Imagine the grind to set that up! Like…years!

Last edited 16 days ago by Number51x
Zomby
Zomby
16 days ago

Child labor at it’s finest !

Bernie Margolis
Bernie Margolis
16 days ago

This is how I came by most of my PvP achievements in WoW back in the day. I also remember having to resist the temptation to mock the player who got schooled by my four year old daughter when they make you fight the duel coming out of the Guild Wars starting zones.

Jest Phulin
Jest Phulin
16 days ago

Games serve different purposes for different parents. I bought a game
(Lego Star Wars II) for my nieces. A few days later, asked my brother how it was. “It’s great, teaches problem solving, teamwork, and critical thinking.” Asked my sister-in-law. “It’s great. I can plop them down in front of it and get hours of time to myself whenever I need it.”

Lily
Lily
16 days ago

I actually did this before with my nephew. I used to play fortnight with him back when it was really popular with kids. So I got the battle pass a few times, and we played together. Though some times when he didn’t have his switch or whatever and he was visiting, I would just let him play my computer and work stuff off the battle pass.

jack
jack
16 days ago

that man is a goddamned genius

Duane E Naulls
Duane E Naulls
15 days ago

…only to realize the kids logged into their own profiles…

Rebecca Lews
Rebecca Lews
15 days ago

…..Lazy parenting?

…makes the dream work.

Urazz
Urazz
14 days ago

Yep, the real reason why gamers have kids, so they can have them do all the boring grindy stuff and be party members/team mates to support you in your multiplayer/MMORPGs.