My Children

Finally after a long wait I have my kids staying with me for the next two weeks. I haven’t seen them in such a long time. They’ve changed that much since the last time I saw them in person. Both of them have become so tall! I’m keeping this post short and sweet because I want to get off here and back to them. I just want to give them cuddles constantly!

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Age restricted gaming

As you all know I’m a gamer and I have been since 1999 when I got my first PC. I now have two children. My boy Ryan 9, and my girl Chloé 6.

There has been an issue raised recently about age restricted gaming products such as Call of duty, or Grand Theft Auto, and children playing them.

The law states that anyone below the age stated on the product should not be allowed to play it. The main census according to a recent poll on the Telegraph website is that it should primarily remain a parental personal choice.

The fact that gaming products are age restricted should be a general indicator that the product is unsuitable for certain age groups. As a parent I would tend to agree with that statement, but being a gamer and having played certain age restricted games I would have to disagree, well at least partially.

If you stay with me for the next bit I will tell you why. If we look at the online multiplayer side of the games Call of Duty and GTA as examples they both have guns, killing, explosives, knives, and stabbing in it.

Lets look at them individually. If we look at GTA’s online free roaming world it pretty much allows you to do anything you want. You can hijack cars, rob convenience stores, run people over, use explosives, have sex with prostitutes and kill people and from what I remember there is a torture scene where the player has to engage to move the story along.

Now lets take a look at Call of Duty’s online game play. You plant bombs and kill people. Yes! That is literally it. Kinda basic.

I’m not being bias while writing this because I have played both types of games, and this is the main reason why I disagree partially with the age rating on some games. I understand why they are there, but it should be more a guideline rather than a strict law.

I will admit that I let my son play Call of Duty even though it is an 18+ rated game. I don’t think it represents proper violence in the way that GTA does. I would however not let him play GTA. Don’t get me wrong though, as I do know that Call of Duty has some very graphic scenes in it, but these are all in the single player, which he does not play.

You can watch a video that deathmule has put together for Call of Duty Advanced Warfare Single Player, but as I said above my boy doesn’t play single player, so he wont even see any of it. So this is why I condone him playing it.

Now watch a video I found for GTA by Dat Saintsfan. I find it epically disgusting, and if I had a choice in the matter I would not let him play it.

What are your thoughts on the matter? Do you feel children should be allowed to play age restricted games? Would you let them play it if you played it first to “vet” it? Leave a comment below with your thoughts.

Waste

I’ve never understood why in the commercial world there aren’t proper considerations for the enormous amount of waste packaging.

I bought some food today where the packaging was exceptionally large for what was inside, and this isn’t the first time I have come across this when buying something either online or from the shops.

Take the below bit of meat as an example.

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All of that meat fit into roughly one-third the size of the original packaging. I understand that no one wants to see all their meat bunched up as it’s not “aesthetically pleasing”, but should that matter in the modern-day world? It shouldn’t, but evidently it does.

Amazon is a huge culprit of oversized packaging. Take this chap who posted a photo on Reddit of his recent purchase of batteries (yes you read that right – batteries) from amazon.

bIPf0umThis happened to me when I ordered something from Amazon a couple of years back. It’s all good and well getting a customers product to them in a safe condition, but at some point the company have to realise what they’re doing is causing huge amounts of waste even if it is recyclable. Does it really need that much packaging?

What are your thoughts on the subject? How many everyday objects do you buy that are covered in excessive packaging? Do you think its acceptable?

 

The bucket list – Is there any point?

Is there any point in a bucket list these days? Of course there is! We’re not all immortal gods and have unlimited wealth, so some of us mere mortals have to plan for the future and do things to make us feel good before we die.

I have compiled my bucket list below in no particular order. Note – this is a never-ending and constantly updated list. For now there shall only be a few things, but over time the list shall grow and accomplishments shall be ticked off. I hope to do all of them before I die.

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  1. Reach the peak of a mountain
  2. Go sky diving
  3. Fly in an aeroplane
  4. Travel to Scotland
  5. Travel to Italy
  6. Travel to France
  7. Travel to Spain
  8. Travel to Germany
  9. Own a sports car
  10. Own a motorcycle
  11. Drive a super car
  12. Own a house
  13. Walk my daughter down the aisle
  14. Hold my grandchild
  15. See the human race reach Mars
  16. Go to Disney World / Land
  17. Weigh 90 Kg or less
  18. Quit smoking
  19. Learn an instrument
  20. Go scuba diving
  21. Go on a cruise
  22. See the Great Pyramids
  23. Do something for charity
  24. Visit the Eiffel Tower
  25. Travel to the USA
  26. Visit the Smithsonian
  27. Own a real meteorite
  28. See an active volcano in person
  29. Witness the aurora borealis
  30. Witness the aurora australis
  31. Witness a tornado F3 and above
  32. Be on television
  33. Be on the radio
  34. Go on a drifting course
  35. Go white water rafting
  36. Eat sushi
  37. Try LSD
  38. Go to a concert at the O2
  39. Travel to Australia
  40. See an orchestral performance in the Sydney Opera House
  41. Travel to Canada