Monday, November 18, 2013

Gaming the System

Saturday afternoon, our 15 year old middle son had an idea. If we could upgrade to an X-Box Gold Membership at $60 a year, he could play video games such as Halo remotely with Colin. How could we refuse?

Our boys made arrangements after Colin was assured that Mom & Dad were not involved. The boys could communicate via headsets as they played. My middle-son started to ask his brother about school but was shut-down as Colin was afraid that his parents were behind that question. His brother was genuinely concerned. We had nothing to do with their conversation. The rest of their time was spent strictly on the game.

After an hour, it was time for Saturday Night Live and the boys agreed to play again the next day.

Sunday afternoon, the brothers met again online for another hour of gaming. All seemed to be going well until Colin abruptly seemed to be agitated. He broke off the game and said he didn't want to talk to his brother.

Middle-son called the house to speak with Aunt P. She went to check on Colin and he had retreated to his bathroom. This can be the prelude to a rage. Although he has yet to have a full-on rage at his new home, Aunt P was warned to give Colin his space when he retreats to his bathroom. She thanked her nephew for the warning and that was the last we have heard.

I am still following the adage, "No news is good news" and will continue to stay in the background, out of the way.

We are a work-in-progress!

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