A couple of months before Christmas Cheeky Chap kept talking about Lego Dimensions, a games console game available on Wii U, X Box One, X Box 360, Playstation 4 and Playstation 3. He would talk about the characters available, which ones he likes and the different worlds or portals. Much of what he excitedly chattered about might as well have been in Mandarin for all the sense it made to me but it was clearly something he liked. There was just one problem. We don’t own a games console of any kind. So if he wanted Lego Dimensions, we would have to buy a games console and we had already spent about half of the money we had budgeted for him on something else that he had been excited about since his birthday in May.
The husband and I talked
and argued and talked about it. With an iPad, laptops and Sky TV, I didn’t see the need for a games console too but I felt that if we were going to get one, we would be better off getting a Wii U, something which we could play family games together on and for which the bulk of the games are child friendly. The husband wanted to get a PS4, obviously as much for him as for Cheeky Chap. Then he found a second-hand PS3 for sale at reasonable price in a cash generator’s. It meant spending a little more than we had planned to on Cheeky Chap for Christmas but not a huge amount and we decided that we could all get some games to play so there was no harm in spending a little extra.
Naturally Cheeky Chap was incredibly excited to open the PS3 on Christmas morning, then later in the day when he opened the Lego Dimensions starter park from my aunt and uncle I thought he might explode with excitement. We spent most of Christmas Day and Boxing Day with my family, leaving little time for him to play. He has more than made up for that in the last few days, which have been rather wet and miserable.
Over the last few days we have pretty much let Cheeky Chap play on the PS3 whenever he wants, for however long he wishes to; it is the holidays after all. I fear that he will be in for a shock tomorrow as we lay the foundations of routine again before school starts back on Tuesday but I have no doubt that the PS3 will remain a very ordinary moment in our household for a long time to come.
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