Wednesday, December 18, 2019

Famicomblog 10th Anniversary

Holy crap, I just realized that last week was the 10th anniversary of my first ever post on here!  Time flies when you get old!

I haven't really been keeping up with the blog so much lately.  By which I mean the last five years or so. I've become a father twice over during that time period and I haven't even touched a retro video game in two years.  Not because I don't like them, I love them now as always, but parenting (and full time job-ing) is busy work.  I like to flip through the old posts from the heyday of this blog about 7 or 8 years ago and reminisce about what having free time to play games and blog about them was like:)

Mind you, my oldest is now five years old and getting to that age where I'm thinking I might introduce him to the Famicom, which might give me something to write about on here again!  Or not.  The weird thing about becoming a parent is that you start thinking like your parents used to when you were a kid.  I'm wrestling with all sorts of angst about whether I even want my kid playing video games.  Of course the ones I had when I was a kid are great, but what if this is some gateway to him getting his face glued to a screen 24/7 like all them other young folk are?

I feel so old!

Anyway, hi everybody who is still out there!  Hope you have a merry Christmas and happy new year.


  1. I'm in the same boat! I limit my 5yo's screen time heavily and I don't like him to have an tablet or smartphone, but I have been letting him play some Mario on the Wii U occasionally. The way I see it he needs to learn to enjoy everything in moderation and that can include video games.

    Good luck and Merry Christmas! Maybe 2020 beings us some more Fami goodness on your blog. Take care!

  2. Good to hear from you, Sean! I've got a four year old, and while she hasn't taken an addition to the video games yet, she recognizes Pac Man cabinets when we see one out in the world and (usually very nicely) demands a turn at the joystick. She hasn't figured out the correlation between stick movement and character movement yet, but we'll get there.

  3. Congratulations on the big milestone! I'll second Ryan's comment above on 2020 bringing us some more content here on the blog.

  4. Happy New Year, Sean!! I follow your blog for more than 3 years.Glad to hear your latest update of your real-world life again. May the force be with you in 2020 to create interesting famicom contents for worldwide famicom collectors, like me. Cheers from Thailand:-), Aekutopia

  5. Totally understand your concern when raising your kids. I have an eight and five year old. They are allowed to play video games for about two hours a week (an hour each weekend day). They ended up getting Tamagotchi’s for Christmas though so we are trying to figure out how to navigate that. We don’t let them have cell phones or tablets like most parents do around here.

  6. Thanks everyone, nice to hear that other parents are having the same thoughts!