Idiot’s Guide to Video Gaming


Things have sure changed……..

Many of you are probably like me. I played lots of video games when I was young, before I had all these grown up responsibilities. Oh come on, of course I’m lying because I still play video games. However with that said I play games completely different than my kids do. It used to be that the point of the game was to defeat the game. For the current generation of gamers it is about trying to defeat online players over, and over, and over in a never ending process of playing the same levels. I find this gets boring rather quickly, but that’s me and according to my kids…….I’m old (Whatever)

Video games used to be simply goal orientated. Try to win this level to move to the next level, after enough practice and attempts you would eventually beat the game. The current games have moved from this structure into an open world where the game goals are optional with no set trail to the end. Then they have added in the competition and collaboration with fellow online players. Now we now moved into a place where kids go to interact with friends online and challenge each other with no particular point or endgame in place. With that said here is a guidebook to some of the most popular online games and features of each.


Unless you have been living in isolation completely cut off from civilization, you by now have heard of the game Fortnite. This has been a ground breaking game in several ways. First and foremost it is a playable cartoon. You start out in a bus floating over a map. The player can jump out of the bus at anytime and you float down to the surface to begin your Battle Royal against 100 other online players. Your character will find weapons, health, shield and other bonus material as you go. You demolish items to collect an inventory of building materials that you will use in battle. You can build an infinite combination of materials to protect yourself or to reach inaccessible places. As you are doing all this the map is continually shrinking to force players to battle each other. Where only one will be victorious. It is also unique in the fact that players from multiple gaming platforms can compete on the same levels with each other.

The Genuine Dad Old School Take (The playable cartoon I wish I had as a child)


Apex Legends is a free-to-play battle royale first-person shooter. This first person shooter game takes all of the complex characters and powers and simplifies it to just the basics. This game is similar to Fortnite in it’s play (If you have kids you know about Fortnite) however it has a cutting edge game design and a layer of more polished gunplay, movement and progression.

The Genuine Dad Old School Take (Shiny newer Fortnite)

Rainbow Six: Seige

This is an awesome 5v5 PVP action game. Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six features a roster of specialized operators, each with game-changing gadgets to help you lead your team to victory. You are able to set traps, fly drones, track footsteps, and see through walls. With a massive online community of over 45 million players you fight for supremacy.

The Genuine Dad Old School Take (Tom Clancy, seriously how can you go wrong?)

Fall Out 4

Fallout 4 is a post-apocalyptic action role-playing video game. It is the fifth installment in the Fallout series. This game is set within an open world post-apocalyptic environment that surrounds the city of Boston in the year 2287. Taking place ten years after the events of Fallout 3 and 210 years after “The Great War”, which caused catastrophic nuclear devastation across the United States.

You assume control of a character, who emerges from a long-term cryogenic stasis from an underground nuclear fallout shelter. After witnessing the murder of their spouse and kidnapping of their son, the player ventures out into the surrounding area to search for their missing child. You will explore the game’s dilapidated world, completes various quests, help out factions (if you choose), and acquires experience points to level up and increase the abilities of your character. This is a long term and enjoyable game not simply for the kids.

The Genuine Dad Old School Take ( Post apocalyptic adventure, radioactive monsters? Sign me up!)


Overwatch is a team-based multiplayer first-person shooter. This game assigns players into two teams of six. Players on a team work together to secure and defend control points on a map or escort a payload across the map in a limited amount of time. The game was launched with casual play, with a competitive ranked mode and various arcade style game modes. With the futuristic gameplay and the fanciful characters it is a fun and enjoyable enjoyable game.

The Genuine Dad Old School Take (Controlled chaos in futuristic lands)

Injustice 2

Injustice 2’s storyline centers around Batman and his insurgency’s attempt to restore society after the fall of Superman’s regime, however, the arrivals of the newly formed supervillain group called “The Society” and the alien Brainiac forces Batman to consider freeing the imprisoned Superman to help combat the threats. Injustice 2 is a multiplayer game that you are able to fight other openants online or in the same room (AKA your kids, or spouse!)

The Genuine Dad Old School Take (Tekken, with amazing graphics and superhero characters)

Rocket League

Soccer, but with rocket-powered cars. Rocket League has one to four players assigned to each of the two teams, using rocket-powered vehicles to hit a ball into their opponent’s goal and score points over the course of a match. Rocket League has both a single-player and multiplayer mode which can be played locally or online. This is a great kid friendly game that all ages can play without fear of something surprising you.

The Genuine Dad Old School Take ( Dude, rocket cars………and soccer! Sweet)

I hope this quick parents gaming guide will give you an opportunity to at least understand what your kids are playing. So why not break out you old school gaming skills and go play with them!


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