Crawl, Walk, Game: The Backstory

Written by on May 16, 2013 in [, , ]

Someone asked me recently, “So, is your daughter a gamer?”

It’s a reasonable question. I’ve worked in the video game industry since 1995, and if you’ve ever heard of me it’s because of my eight year stint as Trixie360, community manager, website editor, and video hostess at Xbox.

Eighteen years in the games business, eh? You must be a hardcore gamer!

Nope. I’ve never really considered myself a gamer. I’ve made a career of writing and talking about video games, but I’ve always been more interested in gamers than games. As for playing them? Meh, I can take it or leave it. The last game I played was Panda Jam on Facebook, and I haven’t turned on my Xbox 360 in about 18 months.

allie and xbox 360As for my youngest child? My nearly-four-year-old, Allison? Is she a gamer? I had to stop and think about it.

She started playing games on my iPad when she was eleven months old. She’ll play on her DS XL until it runs out of battery and then move on to my DS Lite. There’s always a DS charging in this house. Around Christmas time we dusted off the Wii and set it up for her. One Dora Saves the Snow Princess game later she had her first ragequit. Then, about two weeks ago, she was so busy playing Diego’s Dinosaur Rescue that she peed her pants.

I had to admit it. The kid’s a gamer.

In this column I’ll write about what Allison is playing, games and game-related products she enjoys, and my adventures in attempting to raise a gamer that plays fair, stays dry, and doesn’t throw the Wiimote.


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17 Comments on "Crawl, Walk, Game: The Backstory"

  1. Jee May 16, 2013 at 7:50 am - Reply

    She’s cute!

    • Christa Charter May 16, 2013 at 8:42 am - Reply

      Thank you, Jee! -Trixie

  2. Samantha May 16, 2013 at 9:31 am - Reply

    Adorable and I am really looking forward to your column!

    • Christa Charter May 16, 2013 at 11:29 am - Reply

      Thanks, Doc!

  3. Kiki Lewis May 16, 2013 at 9:35 am - Reply

    Stay dry, little Allie! Ahh poor kid.. forever the Internets shall remember those words and her. :) Luckily she will do so many more awesome things that will most likely fall to the wayside.

    I look forward to seeing what you write about Allie’s adventures in gaming!

    • Christa Charter May 16, 2013 at 11:30 am - Reply

      Grazie mille, bella.

  4. Marcia Webb May 16, 2013 at 11:16 am - Reply

    Well this is just an adorably great idea!

    • Christa Charter May 16, 2013 at 11:30 am - Reply

      Thanks Jax!

  5. Samantha Olvera May 16, 2013 at 1:57 pm - Reply

    Super cute. And love this idea. Can’t wait to read it.

    • Christa Charter May 16, 2013 at 5:28 pm - Reply

      Thanks so much!! <3

  6. Angela May 16, 2013 at 4:21 pm - Reply

    On behalf of my pint-size gamer girl: Bring on the game ideas! If you have recommendations for where to find old, used games, too, that would be much appreciated. I find they’re surprisingly overpriced on Ebay.

    • Christa Charter May 16, 2013 at 5:27 pm - Reply

      Oh great idea Angela!

  7. Bryan J May 22, 2013 at 3:31 pm - Reply

    Sounds great; I look forward to reading this column because I have a young one too. So far he mostly watches me play games.

    I hope you will cover things such as balance between gaming and the rest of life, discuss/review age appropriate games (I overheard a 8yo describing CoD: BlOps II in a restaurant, I was a little shocked.), etc.

    • Christa Charter May 22, 2013 at 4:07 pm - Reply

      Great feedback, Bryan, thanks! 8 yo playing BlOps is pretty horrifying…but then again I (accidentally) let my son watch Jaws when he was 3. :( I’m definitely planning a ‘screentime’ column in the near future. Thanks for reading!

  8. Tim Gates May 23, 2013 at 7:36 pm - Reply

    Great idea for a column. Keep it comming.

    • Christa Charter May 23, 2013 at 7:49 pm - Reply

      Thanks, Tim! :)

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