October 31, 2003

father and son bonding: Halo

game girl advance has a series of articles on the Major League Gaming tournament held in NYC last weekend. Since I just finished Halo last night (normal level, I know that's lame but what can I say?), it was a fun and timely read. Part 3 of the series includes this great little tidbit from the Halo tourney:

The other highlight of the team match was team Xtournament, led by player Victor and his son Victor, who was only five years old. While they declined to comment, the younger Victorís style as a Halo player was amazing. He protected himself with grenades and was wracking up plenty of double and triple kills. While Xtournament didnít advance to the finals, their novel playing style and the presence of the father-son team drew plenty of crowds and fans. Shy 5-year-old Victor meekly smiled when all the other players came to shake his hand after the matches.

Depending on your point of view, the notion of dad and 5 year old bonding over a graphic alien massacree is either good clean fun or a further sign of the impending apocalypse. Here at fredshouse, we're just a tad jealous of the talents of Victor^2. Must...keep...training! ;-)

Posted by Gene at October 31, 2003 04:36 PM | TrackBack

Hey, we have some similar traditions over at Toosh Estates. My daughters and I call it "Family Halo",
but we have to play in split screen mode on a single console. That Victor is pretty impressive if the story is to be believed. Most 5 year olds can handle a single analog interface, but twiddling two sticks at the same time can be a daunting task for most. Yup, thanks to some of the game's Great Equalizers like rocket launchers and plasma grenades, there's fun for the whole family!

Posted by: Toosh at September 14, 2004 06:20 AM
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