Just a quick 'happy birthday' to my favorite gamer - who also happens to be my only son. :P
He's got a game blog he's sorely neglected since school started, and we tend to play different games - and he's turning an entirely-too-old 14 today.
Where as I tend to play more sports and RPGs, he's definitely in the shooter camp. I finally had to admit about a year or two ago he's better than me in most shooters - especially the Call of Duty franchise. Believe me - admitting that one hurt.
For Christmas we got him Black Ops II, which he beat the campaign to and has been logging a ton of time on the multiplayer. He's also recently gotten Halo 4 for the 360 and Resident Evil Revelations for his 3DS. With a birthday so close to Christmas, he saved up his money and nabbed some other cheap games over the weekend with his combined birthday and holiday loot and picked up Crysis 2, Brink and Sniper Elite 2 for the PS3 (noticing the shooter theme?) and Paper Mario for the 3DS.
Now, we all know I'm a big Madden fan, but the year this little guy was born I played more Madden than ever. It was before the PS2 was released, and this guy was sick and colicky a lot during his first 10 months. About the only way I could get him to sleep was to walk him around or rock him in a rocking chair. So basically, I learned how to cradle him in my arms for hours at a time while playing Madden at 4am while attending college and working a couple of jobs. It was the first and only time I had reached double digit seasons in a Madden franchise. :)
Most importantly though? Those sleepless nights were completely worth it. We might not always see eye-to-eye (though he's nearly as tall as me, so I may need a new analogy soon), but we have a lot of fun together - whether we're beating Gears of War 3 co-op, watching Family Guy or playing Magic: The Gathering together - we have a lot in common.
Happy birthday buddy.