How Parents See Controllers


 Oh man, ain’t that the truth?! 

Some of my fondest childhood memories are those of my parents playing videogames with me; it really flooded my inner being with those warm and fuzzy feelings. I mean, I was only eight, nine years old and my parents were taking the time to express an interest in the activity that interested me the most–how is that NOT cool to a young spawn?!   

My mom played Tetris, Frogger and Sega Marine Fishing with my dad and I, but that was about it. My dad, on the other hand, tried more enticing games like Twisted Metal, the old Medal of Honor and Spec Ops games, not to mention platformers like Super Mario and Donkey Kong (in fact, we beat all SNES Donkey Kong/Super Mario World titles together!). But then we also played random games such as Bomberman, Cabela’s Big Game Hunter, Pink Panther and Virtual Bart. 

But I’ll never forget how he STRUGGLED with the controls! After a few hours he would nail them, but by the time we went to play again—no more than a day later– he had forgotten EVERYTHING. It was adorable; he’d have to peer down over his glasses so he could try to memorize where the buttons were located during the middle of firefights. <3.

Awwww. Good times. I’m going to have to see if I can bring over my SNES so pops and I can have a retro gaming marathon!  

<3 Britt


  1. My dad picked up the ol SEGA games easy enough when I was young and there was only 3 buttons, but when we played MoH on the PS2 way later on he couldn’t get used to it and got really frustrated, swore at the game and left the room and needless to say that was the end of his gaming days..He was a rage quitter apparently!

    • I know how that goes! I refused to let my dad give up (and I’m an only child AND a girl, so, you know, I have that power) and he was able to get used to the GC and PS2 controllers. But he was *so* much better at the NES ;)

  2. Oh god, you should’ve seen my parents react to Guitar Hero. It was like they were looking at life’s greatest mystery.

    I wanted to get them on it and record it, but they’d never bite. Darnit!!

  3. I enjoyed reading this story, mainly because I never had this with my parents. My mom would always watch me play any game I was into at that time, but she never wanted to give it a shot. But I do agree with the picture you posted, even though I sometimes still see the PS controller like that since I’m more of a 360 person.

  4. Cabela’s Big Game Hunter, Hey remember how your dad and I used to take turns running around trying to kill critters with a knife?

    I think it was some primitive test of manilness.

  5. my mom used to look at controlers like that, till she got hooked on animal crossing, shes gone through a Gamecube and a Wii with just two tittles ANimal Crossing and Animal Crossing village folk.

    But other than that yep, they do think its complicated.

  6. Your parents must be older than me, my son is 15 I am 38, I guess he got lucky that his Dad grew up when games first came out, lol

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