I like video games. I’m not great at them, but I like to play. I have a large collection of portable game systems that go back as far as the original Game Boy(the white 4-AA eating beast!) all the way through the Nintendo DS, as well as things like the Game Gear, Atari Lynx, NEC TurboGrafx Express, NeoGeo Pockets, Wonderswan and others. I also have a Sega Genesis, Nintendo N64 and GameCube.
My kids, being born in the 2000’s, well, too many toys have batteries. I ended up getting one of my kids a Nintendo DS. Another kid likes to use my DS as well.
One of the things that attracted me to the yoyo was the whole lack of batteries. Well, that and other factors: lightweight, mostly self-contained. You can PM me for more details.
The kids like the video games, but when I decided to get into yoyo in May of 2011, they weren’t really into it, although one had me “buy in” for him with a Yomega Brain while I got both a Duncan Pulse and a Duncan Imperial. The Duncan Imperial was my nemesis from 1978, when yoyo and I had out first unsuccessful stretch. The eldest kid had zero interest. The youngest two, well, we’ll leave them out for now.
Skip forward a bit. The Brain was abandoned, I got a DM2. Suddenly, interest in the yoyo came out of the woodwork. Both of my kids have migrated off Yomega Brain yoyos(I bought a Brain that the eldest used for a bit) to YYF ONE’s and they have been moving along the YYE trick checklist. Yesterday, December 24th, my boy did forward pass AND around the world, and later in the day, Jamaican Flag was checked off his list. Rock The Baby will be a bit of a challenge, but it’s a matter of tweaking the size of the cradle and he’ll get it. They have to get through the beginner tricks, learn to bind and can do trapeze, they get new yoyos. Clear objectives!
At this point, I hear yoyos spinning quite a bit. The video game systems are barely being touched. The only time they play the video games are on long car trips, and evne then they don’t play that much. On our trip to Disneyland in November of 2011, they were all throwing their yoyos. The girl has a ONE and a Shinwoo Loop so she can do looping tricks easier. The video game systems were available, but outside of the car, they weren’t touched. One day, we were effectively rained out of the park, so we threw yoyos while we dried our shoes. Plus, it’s great fun showing them the trick videos and showing them how to do the tricks.
You can’t really get as interactive as a yoyo unless you want to get into board games, dice games or card games, but those often require additional people.
Video games aren’t going anywhere. They have a wide audience. Yoyos are a classic toy, around thousands of years before video games. Clearly, the yoyo isn’t going anywhere either.
My generation grew up with the Atari 2600 as the start of our video games.
The third kid has a yoyo now. It’s a pegged string yoyo and she’s stopped using it as a weapon. She recently lost it and was so happy when I found it(from where she hid it) that she started doing her two tricks: Trouble or Nothing and “Jamaican a mess”.
Trouble or nothing is when she’s throwing it sideways around her hands. Jamaican a mess is when she’s grabbing the string back and forth making a big fat X. She can’t even throw it but she’s already grabbing and manipulating the string. She ain’t even 3 yet!
Video games aren’t gone, but the kids reach for yoyos over video games. Mission accomplished!
Plus, I’d rather spend $40+ on a yoyo for my kids when they get decent than on a video game. This only means more frequent donations to the “Buy a private jet for André” fund!
Yoyo, you keep for life. Video games, they get tired.