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My dad enjoys searching, fishing and combating fires. I take pleasure in studying, philosophy and never exerting myself a lot. However whereas we won't have a ton in frequent, we do play a variety of video games collectively. Military shooters, mostly, as he will get easily bored by most of the slower moving, story heavy video games I are likely to play alone. I used to be by no means going to comply with in his footsteps at the fireplace division, and he was by no means going to learn Kant with me. So instead, we've bonded on digital battlefields.That's not something unique to my family. Like my very own father, Steven struggles to find things in frequent along with his kids. One in every of his daughters is a dancer. The opposite is in band. However as the women have gotten older, playing video video games has introduced the family nearer together."I've been an avid gamer since I used to be in faculty, and my daughters simply began choosing it up," he advised me. "About six or seven years ago I got my oldest daughter a computer, and she and i started enjoying games with one another and towards each other, and it just type of progressed from there."I met Steven at QuakeCon in Dallas, TX, where he and his daughters Nicole and Maya had been getting ready to hop into a game of Torchlight 2. "We used to have one room [at residence] that all of the computer systems had been in," Steven informed me when i asked in the event that they played a whole lot of games as a family. "We'd simply sit there and simply play for hours and hours."They play quite a lot of video games together, together with Borderlands and The secret World, though Steven advised me that he and Maya, who is 11, currently have an affinity for Minecraft. Proving the idea that Minecraft is sort of a modern day Lego set, the two of them craft and create as a team. "I really acquired her addicted to that. We'll log right into a server and construct issues together and stuff."It isn't just about the games. Theirs can also be a house of expertise. One Christmas, Nicole's relations all coordinated to each get her an element for a brand new laptop, which she and her father constructed collectively. They have realized how to install hardware the identical means different kids learn to vary a flat tire on a car. "I strive to teach them, 'That is what you must do when building a computer,' in order that means they know methods to do issues themselves," Steven mentioned. "I've tried to make them as self-dependent as attainable."After all, having stuff you like to do collectively at house would not at all times guarantee quality family time. Generally life will get in the best way and you want a trip in order to spend time together. But where do you go when exploring magic kingdoms (albeit nearly) is already part of your regular family bonding?For Steven's family, the reply was QuakeCon, which takes place in their residence state. Marketed as the world's largest free LAN celebration, the Bethesda-hosted convention tends to draw hundreds of people to Dallas. "It makes us deal with doing this collectively," Steven mentioned. "And it is just form of enjoyable to get away and get out and look and see what other individuals are taking part in and see what new things are coming out ... It is simply one thing all three of us take pleasure in doing, and i just figured it is right here regionally, and it isn't that expensive to go, so why not?"They do not make the trek alone. Just as some families go camping with mates, QuakeCon tends to be a gaggle activity. Steven and his daughters went with individuals they knew, together with Nicole's good friend Sean and his family. "His dad and I've become good friends," Steven stated. WIKIMEDIA "I would invite him and Sean over to our house to have mini LAN parties at the home, and I might invite over three or 4 buddies and my daughters would join in, and we might have a enjoyable time on the home." For the past couple of years, QuakeCon has been one other factor to do collectively."I don't know that it was the family sitting down at dinner saying, 'We should go!'" Sean, who is 17, informed me. He was still up enjoying games in the Bring Your individual Computer (BYOC) space of QuakeCon while his father, mom and little brother, 7-year-previous Reid, have been elsewhere. "It was more my dad and i saying, 'That is kick A, we need to go do that,' and the opposite two sort of got dragged alongside. Particularly with [Steven's household] coming, we're shut with them and all of us game collectively anyway, so they stated, 'You guys ought to come,' and it just form of occurred."For these people, booking a resort room for a video game-crammed weekend seems like one of the pure issues on this planet. And why should not or not it's? Anybody below the age of 18 at present was born right into a world where video games are already an everyday exercise for thousands and thousands of individuals. It has been a very long time since video games have been a factor that almost all dad and mom did not perceive at all. Instead, they're one thing adults take pleasure in with their kids.Steven's oldest daughter can be going to school near dwelling, however he hopes that QuakeCon, not less than, can be an annual excuse for the household to get collectively and play games for the weekend, even as the girls grow up and move out. "I've got at the least six or seven extra years with my youngest," he said. "But yeah, we'll attempt to keep it going so long as potential."What matters for now is they're having fun with the time collectively now. "The main thing we're right here for is type of a vacation. Simply to sit and play video games and form of hold out. Daddy daughter time." Britton Peele is a contract author primarily based out of Texas. His work has been featured on GameSpot, GamesRadar and The Dallas Morning Information. You'll be able to comply with him on Twitter at @BrittonPeele.