My son is grounded… That’s right, he’s lost his iPod and he’s grounded. Grounding in this house is pretty lenient though so I don’t know how much he’s learning from this grounding, but at least I can say he’s GROUNDED. (Yay, Mom!)
My point here is not that he’s grounded, it’s what he’s doing WHILE he’s grounded. Grounding (in this instance at least) means no video games. The first day it was no TV, no video games, and look for that
goddamn iPod. The next day when we realized the iPod was truly lost and there was nothing we could do, I lightened his grounding to no video games. Indefinitely. (gasp!)
So, in between movies and TV shows and TV shows on demand, my son is forming a new “game” of sorts. A few months back he began playing with a group of kids and they called themselves “The Group”. They would do things like make “parts” where they learn skills and earn experience points (kind of like Dungeons and Dragons). They create avatars that have special powers and weapons. So I guess this is just like a real-life video game.
Since the grounding, my son has been focusing more and more on “The Group”. (I know, it’s so original RIGHT??) He’s created a journal of sorts, where he stores his ideas and rules about “The Group”. As of late, he’s been making up spells using real (made-up) words and pretending he’s actually playing as his avatar in my living room, testing out his “spells” on his sister, the dog, the clouds, the shed. As I type this, he’s practicing his Martial Arts moves (he hasn’t taken Martial Arts since he was four).
It’s a story set in the future when the earth is going to
shit waste and the only way to escape the pressures of reality is to spend your time in the OASIS, a virtual reality universe where you can do everything from going on adventures and falling in love to opening a business and making your millions. Most everyone is on the OASIS, only logging off to do the mundane things like go to work, shower and use the bathroom. Wade Watts is the main character in this space opera. Wade is just your average everyday teenager who lives his life in the OASIS almost 24/7. When James Haliday, the creator of the OASIS, dies, he leaves his fortune to the one who can crack his puzzle. Wade learns all he can of the eccentric Haliday and his obsession with the 80′s, the decade in which he was a teenager. Haliday’s “easter egg hunt” is filled with references to 80′s movies, music, and video games. The book, in a word is AWESOME, and my son is loving it too.
I’ve noticed since we’ve been reading it that he’s picking up things and using them in his “group work”. His journal can be compared to Wade’s “Grail Diary” (The Last Crusade was my FAVORITE Indiana Jones movie, in case you were wondering). And his avatar is similar to Wade’s as well. (ok, maybe not…)
I love that he’s using his imagination instead of relying on something electronic to entertain him. I love that his sister is joining him on his “quests” (most recently to Connecticut by ferry) and they’re not beating the crap out of each other like they normally do. I love that he talks endlessly about his group work and about his body armor and weapons and the quests he’s been on and the things he’s built, all using his imagination, albeit they are based on that stupid Minecraft game that he’s ridiculously addicted to, but all his stories over the last week are from his OWN BRAIN and not computer generated.
I think his grounding might just last a little longer than expected…
***Ok kids… this is the part where we talk about how you can win your very own copy of Ready Player One.***
This book is BRIMMING with references to the 1980′s, a decade which I, myself am quite fond of. Do you love the 80′s? Tell me your favorite movie, song, or video game for a chance to win!! ”Like” me on Facebook or follow me on Twitter for more entries! Be sure to leave a comment when you “like” or follow so you get your entries! Drawing will take place on Monday June 11th so be sure to get your entries in!
This is an original ROSCMM post and was written for the From Left to Write Book Club and was insipired by Ready Player One by Ernest Cline. As a participant in this From Left to Write book blog tour, I received a copy of the book for review. Check out the other stops on the blog tour for a chance to win a copy of Ready Player One, and no, you can not steal my content unless you specifically ask me for it first. It’s called copyright, yo.
Copyright 2012 Mastermind Mommy
Oh, and if anyone finds my son’s iPod, would you please let me know so I can put it away and not worry anymore… It’s GOT to be here somewhere…
**UPDATE!! I have just learned that Ernest Cline is running a contest similar to Haliday’s Easter Egg Hunt in which he his giving away a 1981 DELORIAN!! Now you MUST enter my giveways and get your own copy so you can participate in the hunt too!! Details about the hunt here: http://www.ernestcline.com/rp1contest/
SECOND UPDATE!! After 24 days of torture… 24 days of trying to find something else to do with himself… THE IPOD HAS BEEN FOUND!! Little Miss found it in his room. Apparently he’d put it in his slipper so that she wouldn’t find it and forgot all about it. Sigh…