One of our more frequent and recent family pastimes has involved getting out a video game console from 2001 — eight years before my eldest was born — hooking up multiple controllers, and racing or battling it out.
It’s become a once-or-twice a week event in our house that after all homework, dinner, chores, and bedtime preparation is done that we take out the Gamecube and load up one of three titles: Super Smash Bros., Mario Kart Double Dash, or LEGO Star Wars Trilogy. All benefit from multiplayer, allowing two to four people to jump in at the same time. If we have more players than controllers, we operate on the “winner keeps playing, loser gives it up” principle.
There’s a lot I love about these times beyond just doing something together as a family, and I think that a huge part of it is how social it becomes. We…
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