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To block ds's favourite computer game?

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LadySybildeChocolate Sun 30-Sep-12 23:39:10

He'll happily spend an hour and a half a day playing on the bloody thing. 'I get extra points if I log on for 60 days in a row!' hmm He should have been out of the bath and in bed by 10:30. At 10:30 'I just have to do something, it's just one game, won't take long. I get extra balloon items if I play today.' 25 minutes later I'm not impressed as he's still on the pissing thing. 'That's fine, I'll just have to wait until next year to get the free extra items' (passive aggressive here, can't you tell?) It will only work on my laptop, so I can't work when he's playing the pissing game.

AIBU to block the pissing game as it's taking over his life? I need some wine

WorraLiberty Sun 30-Sep-12 23:45:38

How old is he?

LadySybildeChocolate Sun 30-Sep-12 23:47:14

13. He needs to go cold turkey, it's getting silly. He's only been playing it for a few weeks, but it's taking over. It's a strategic balloon popping game. confused

WorraLiberty Sun 30-Sep-12 23:50:09

I think you should definitely have a word with him and tell him he needs to be in bed on a school night at a decent time instead of worrying about a computer game.

If that results in him saying he can't play it without staying up late, then he's choosing to no longer play it imo.

I bloody hate games like that...my DS3 was the same and used to want to spend his pocket money on microsoft points that only lasted an hour.

Ladymuck Sun 30-Sep-12 23:51:25

Ds has an equally addictive game, but he has a separate log in and I can control how many minutes he sends on there. He gets an hour a day to waste. He gets a 15 minute warning automatically before the hour is up. If he wants more time he knows that everything that I expect to be done has to be done before I type in the magic password.

I love ds's addictive game as it means that he will empty dishwasher, feed pets, do homework and music practise without complaint in order to ge extra time.

imperialstateknickers Sun 30-Sep-12 23:51:30

He's certainly old enough to know that if mummy can't work because ds is blocking her laptop then mummy can't earn enough money to buy games for ds to play on.

Any game that rewards you for being on it loads is discouraged in this house. Howrse has recently started to display this aspect, and will be banned if I find dd1 on it during homework time again.

LadySybildeChocolate Sun 30-Sep-12 23:54:19

I've tried that. He says he's fine, and doesn't have a problem getting up. He's starting cello lessons on Tuesday, so I hope this will distract him. He'll go from the xbox, to my computer, to his nintendo ds unless I take him out or he's doing homework. I may have a little PMT, hence why I'm asking if I'm being unreasonable. blush

LadySybildeChocolate Sun 30-Sep-12 23:57:12

I hate the sodding game, imperial. It's the fact that it's so pissing needy! It's encouraging him to play every day and he has to play a certain amount of rounds which total to an hour and a half. If it was a bloke I'd have ditched him by now.

I'm not sure that will work, Lady. If he doesn't complete a certain number of rounds it won't give him the credits.

See? Pissing needy game!

steppemum Mon 01-Oct-12 00:11:01

we have kapersky security internet software on my laptop. we each have a log on with a password. Each user has their own settings. ds account is set to close at a certain time, so the computer just turns off. It has saved so many of these conversations (although he is younger nearly 10)

ds has loads of self control over lots of things and is in some ways quite mature about choices, but he can NEVER, EVER turn off the computer without one of us standing there saying NOW. I am convinved there is something in the nature of computer games that is really addictive. Hence the software.

good luck!

LadySybildeChocolate Mon 01-Oct-12 00:13:11

I'll have to look into that. I'm really hoping the cello practice will take up some of his time (please!). blush

steppemum Mon 01-Oct-12 00:15:47

when we first installed it he had major toddler like tantrums as one of the games he was playing was 15 and he now can't access it. After 24 hours he was fine and back on moshi monsters etc. I think they get drawn in and then need to go cold turkey to break out of it somehow. Is this just boys? Is it just my son????

LadySybildeChocolate Mon 01-Oct-12 00:19:48

It can't be just your son if my son's like this as well. wink I think ds gets bored, then absorbed in a game as he's bored. Then he'll talk me through what he's doing on said game, whether I'm reading the newspaper or not.

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