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You vs yer kids!

Posted: Wed Jan 11, 2017 1:30 pm
by TimmyNinja
Hi all,

I'm guessing many of us here have children now we're all grown up, and I was wondering if you experience the same thing that I do - my 14 year old son constantly beats me at games!! I grew up with supposedly 'hard' games on my Commodore 64, Amiga etc. The first game I ever played was Manic Miner in the early 80's.

Still, these decades of training do not matter one little bit. My son thrashes me at Street Fighter 4, Street Fighter 5, split screen Battlefront. And I've always prided myself on racing games, so we regularly do time trials against each other on Driveclub and DiRT Rally. But I simply CANNOT beat him! I wonder if he thinks I'm letting him win, but I'M NOT!! I really am trying!

Is it because I'm now, at 41, old? Are my reflexes simply not as sharp as his? Are games these days really easier than what we grew up with? Or just different?

Anyone else suffer from this humiliation?

(I am quite proud of him secretly though, of course!)

Re: You vs yer kids!

Posted: Wed Jan 11, 2017 3:38 pm
by Antiriad2097
My (now 30) daughter hammers me at Tekken. Every time. We played it recently for the first time in years and she still beat me to an embarrassing degree.

Your 14 year old doesn't just have better reactions, he has time. Time to practice, time to play, he's honed his skills to perfection just like you did in your youth. That edge is easily lost and you just won't have the same free time he does to put in the hours.

Re: You vs yer kids!

Posted: Wed Jan 11, 2017 7:30 pm
by crusto
Yeah I think ant is right. I'm nearly 40 and my lad generally whups my ass nowadays, plus kids reactions at that sort of age are naturally sharper.

Re: You vs yer kids!

Posted: Wed Jan 11, 2017 7:54 pm
by RetroMartin
I trash my little one at every video game. That however has something to do with the fact shes 7 weeks old and can't even fully control herself.....

Re: You vs yer kids!

Posted: Thu Jan 12, 2017 10:21 am
by lupogtiboy
There are a few games I still have the edge over my son on, usually driving and fighting games, but FIFA, NBA or anything like that, I just can't beat him at all.

Re: You vs yer kids!

Posted: Thu Jan 12, 2017 12:51 pm
by TimmyNinja
I'm curious about how they might get on with something old school and challenging. Like, Creatures on C64, Dropzone, or challenge them to try and 'finish' Jet Set Willy!!

Thinking about it, I probably do this to myself - I tend to play stuff on easy, like Uncharted, Tomb Raider etc. And first person shooters as well. I play Destiny cooperatively, totally avoiding the Crucible! Perhaps I'm getting soft, whereas my son plays loads of Battlefront online, so I guess that's where he hones his skills.

Bless'em :)

Re: You vs yer kids!

Posted: Tue Jan 24, 2017 6:22 pm
by davyK
Think Mario Kart has a lot of luck involved? Against my two daughters I can't win a single race any more (DD or Wii). I used to give them a lap before I started!

Re: You vs yer kids!

Posted: Wed Jan 25, 2017 4:21 am
by Tabe
I don't have kids but have numerous teenage nephews. I've had them over many times for all-night gaming sessions. Some games I can hang with them. Others they smoke me. But sports games? Those are still mine :)