Probably the aspect of being a father I am most looking forward to is the endless supply of photographic subjects. I am not just talking about the child herself, but also her toys. We already bought a bunch of toys, in part to entertain Xavier when he was here, and in part because they were cool and on major sale. Last weekend I got Kate to set something up to shoot and she decided to play with stacking the Peek-A-Blocks. Our child won't get much out of the Peek-A-Blocks for a while, since they are for 6months+, but at least someone is having fun with them :)
This holiday season marks the latest iteration in the Game Console wars. <a href='http://www.microsoft.com/'>Microsoft</a> has already released the second generation of their game system, the Xbox 360 and Sony is going to release the Play Station 3 in North America tomorrow. The grand daddy of the gaming system world is Nintendo and they are also set to release their latest console the Wii on Sunday.
The interesting thing about all of this is that the Wii is the least powered, least featured of the three, but is likely to be a big winner anyways. This is in part because it is the cheapest, but probably more importantly, they are trying to have the best game play rather than the best graphics.
Nintendo has long been known for having fun games and have had some of the most successful game franchises of all time including Mario, Donkey Kong, and Zelda. One of the interesting features of the Wii is that they are going make classic Nintendo games from the original Nintendo Entertainment System, the Super Nintendo Entertainment System, and the Nintendo 64 at $5, $8, and $10 respectively.
If you are under 35, you probably already know most of this, my older audience probably doesn't. What everyone doesn't know is why Kate and I won't get one even though we and the baby want one.
Basically Kate won't let me get it. She says something about needing money for a baby and mixing Wiis with young children might aggravate sleep deprivation and child neglect. When I asked the (as yet unborn) baby to kick if she wanted a Wii, she obliged.
I guess the child and I will have to work on wearing Kate down :)