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My dad enjoys searching, fishing and preventing fires. I enjoy reading, philosophy and not exerting myself an excessive amount of. However whereas we might not have a ton in frequent, we do play a lot of video games collectively. Navy shooters, principally, as he gets easily bored by lots of the slower shifting, story heavy games I are likely to play alone. I was by no means going to comply with in his footsteps on the fireplace division, and he was by no means going to learn Kant with me. So instead, we have bonded on digital battlefields. SKINS That's not something distinctive to my household. Like my very own father, Steven struggles to find issues in widespread together with his youngsters. One in all his daughters is a dancer. The other is in band. But as the girls have gotten older, playing video games has brought the family closer together. SKINS "I have been an avid gamer since I used to be in faculty, and my daughters simply began picking it up," he told me. "About six or seven years ago I got my oldest daughter a pc, and she and i began playing video games with one another and in opposition to one another, and it simply sort of progressed from there."I met Steven at QuakeCon in Dallas, TX, the place he and his daughters Nicole and Maya were getting ready to hop into a recreation of Torchlight 2. "We used to have one room [at dwelling] that all the computer systems have been in," Steven told me when i asked if they performed a whole lot of video games as a household. "We would just sit there and just play for hours and hours."They play a wide range of games collectively, including Borderlands and The secret World, though Steven advised me that he and Maya, who is 11, at present have an affinity for Minecraft. Proving the idea that Minecraft is sort of a modern day Lego set, the 2 of them craft and create as a group. "I really acquired her addicted to that. We'll log right into a server and build issues collectively and stuff."It's not simply about the video games. Theirs is also a home of know-how. One Christmas, Nicole's relatives all coordinated to every get her an element for a new pc, which she and her father constructed collectively. They have realized how to put in hardware the identical means other youngsters study to alter a flat tire on a automobile. "I try to teach them, 'That is what you must do when constructing a pc,' so that way they know methods to do issues themselves," Steven mentioned. "I've tried to make them as self-dependent as doable."In fact, having belongings you like to do together at house would not always assure quality household time. Generally life gets in the best way and you need a vacation in an effort to spend time together. But the place do you go when exploring magic kingdoms (albeit virtually) is already a part of your regular family bonding? SKINS For Steven's family, the reply was QuakeCon, which takes place of their residence state. Marketed because the world's largest free LAN party, the Bethesda-hosted convention tends to attract 1000's of individuals to Dallas. "It makes us deal with doing this together," Steven said. "And it is simply type of enjoyable to get away and get out and look and see what different people are taking part in and see what new issues are popping out ... It's just one thing all three of us take pleasure in doing, and that i simply figured it's here regionally, and it is not that costly to go, so why not?"They do not make the trek alone. Just as some families go camping with associates, QuakeCon tends to be a bunch exercise. Steven and his daughters went with people they knew, together with Nicole's buddy Sean and his family. "His dad and I have turn out to be good mates," Steven said. "I'd invite him and Sean over to our home to have mini LAN parties on the home, and I might invite over three or four buddies and my daughters would take part, and we'd have a fun time at the house." For the past couple of years, QuakeCon has been one other thing to do together."I don't know that it was the family sitting down at dinner saying, 'We must always go!'" Sean, who's 17, instructed me. He was nonetheless up taking part in video games within the Carry Your personal Computer (BYOC) area of QuakeCon whereas his father, mother and little brother, 7-year-old Reid, have been elsewhere. "It was extra my dad and that i saying, 'This is kick A, we need to go do that,' and the opposite two kind of bought dragged alongside. Especially with [Steven's household] coming, we're close with them and we all recreation collectively anyway, in order that they stated, 'You guys ought to come,' and it just kind of occurred."For these folks, booking a resort room for a video sport-crammed weekend seems like one of the crucial natural things on this planet. And why shouldn't it be? Anybody under the age of 18 right this moment was born into a world where video games are already an everyday activity for millions of individuals. It's been a very long time since video games had been a thing that almost all parents didn't perceive in any respect. Instead, they're one thing adults take pleasure in with their kids.Steven's oldest daughter might be going to school close to dwelling, however he hopes that QuakeCon, no less than, can be an annual excuse for the household to get collectively and play video games for the weekend, at the same time as the ladies grow up and transfer out. "I've obtained at the very least six or seven more years with my youngest," he said. "But yeah, we'll strive to keep it going so long as possible."What issues for now could be they're enjoying the time collectively now. "The primary thing we're right here for is sort of a vacation. Simply to sit and play video games and sort of hold out. Daddy daughter time." Britton Peele is a freelance author based out of Texas. His work has been featured on GameSpot, GamesRadar and The Dallas Morning Information. You possibly can comply with him on Twitter at @BrittonPeele.