There’s a Zombie on Your Lawn
My kids have discovered that they can watch YouTube videos on our big-screen TV using the Wii U. Okay, they discovered that option because I showed it to them. It’s a double-edged sword, my excitement about technology. I figure something out, get all stoked about it, and show it to them. Next thing I know, they want to use it all the time. I’m talking from the moment they wake up in the morning until the moment they are dragged whining and clawing for solid ground off to bed. For the past few days they have been watching what many kids their age have been watching in order to make YouTubers famous: other people playing their favorite video game of the moment, Plants vs. Zombies. And mash-ups of game scenes set to music. And claymation simulations of the game. And a little kid’s hilarious demo of the game characters he created using Legos and clay. “This is my favorite one,” he narrates as the camera records his hand picking up a tiny LEGO with a clay mushroom cap, that instantly falls off. “But yeah, he’s lame too. Moving on to the next guy…” My kids moved on to scenes from PVZ2, the second iteration of the game that has more sophisticated animation, many new levels, and curious places to plant your defensive characters, like the solid floor of an ancient Egyptian tomb. What the? I said that out loud when we were watching it yesterday, and Kyle said “I know, right?” When in the hell did he turn 16?