HPP #10 - Then & Now: Video Game Parenting


Episode art by: http://leelingart.tumblr.com/

EDIT: We learned after recording this episode that the President of Nintendo, Saturo Iwata, has sadly passed at the young age of 55. We are particularly saddened by this news as we are both avid Nintendo fans and have been enjoying Nintendo games since childhood. We would like to join with so many others who have said thank you to Mr. Iwata for everything he's done and everything he stands for in the gaming community. Our prayers go out to his family, friends and co-workers. May he rest in peace.

The parent-to-child dynamics of the 80s and 90s are largely different than they are now for the current day and age. Many of the kids who grew up playing Atari, Nintendo, and Sega are now all grown up and wondering how video games will impact their own kids. In this episode, we bring in veteran parent MasterDad to discuss how parents in the old days viewed video games and how they managed it from a parenting standpoint. Then MasterJoe talks about how adults today, who are gamers themselves, are thinking about how video games will influence their parenting. Also featuring some rare nuggets about MasterJoe's childhood and who was responsible for introducing him to Nintendo!

BONUS: What is Socrates, Father-and-Son Invaders 64, Save the Yoshis, Wii Sports Remix, MasterKid?

RUNTIME: 1 hour 3 minutes

Lots of links in this episode! First up, MasterJoe's and MasterWife's Major Heart Pieces of the Week that were mentioned in the podcast!

Here is the fan art created by @Chidori_24 for the MasterJoe Gamer Show! He send it with the message "stay true to yourself and others." We couldn't agree more!

Art by @chidori_24

Art by @chidori_24

Here's the heart piece sent in by @Robi_WanShinobi. He told us that he placed our sticker on his Wii U to remind him every time he turns it on that love is the most important thing. We're also pretty keen on his "Believe" rock. We absolutely love when our listeners send in pictures like this so thanks so much for sharing it with us!

Photo by @Robi_wanshinobo

Photo by @Robi_wanshinobo

What the heck is Socrates?

Our families' second "video game" system  behind the Atari 2600 was the Socrates Educational Video System. As MasterDad mentioned, it appealed to parents as an educationally-focused alternative to the mainstream video game systems of the day.

It featured several different cartridges that focused on a theme, such as memory, typing or math. The Hodge Podge pictured below was one of the carts that we owned. It definitely wasn't nearly as much fun as Battlezone or Pac-Man, but it wasn't the worst thing in the world and it had a pretty interesting keyboard controller that housed two very tiny gamepads.


EDIT: We found that other video.

Don't tell MasterJoe. He's super embarrassed about it :)

video for the nintendo wii contest in 2006