Monday, September 17, 2012

Kids, nowadays

Kids, nowadays, are far more knowledgeable than the previous generation. I am not just talking about how they are computer game whiz. In addition to that, I am amazed at how they handle the situation.

Recently we visited a relative’s home. They have 2 boys. 7 year old and 5 year old. The older kid has a video game console, Xbox 360. He asked me if I would like to play a game called Mortal Combat vs DC Universe. And, I agreed to play with him. I also told the him I have never played that game before.

In this game, they take the old mortal combat heroes and make them compete against super heroes like Batman, Superman, Spider-man, etc.

The kid’s parent told me he is very good at playing this game. The kid explained to me “how” to play and the rules of the game.

OK the game starts. Within 2 minutes, I defeated him. Defeated him is a mild description. I just destroyed him. I just annihilated him. The kid did not get angry or disappointed. He was composed and smiling.

I asked the him why he did not get mad or angry or disappointed when I defeated him. He replied:

Because I let you win so you won’t be disappointed.

We played another 4 games. He destroyed me within 30 seconds in each game.

I am not talking about his skills. I am talking about his letting me win purposely the first game so I show continued interest. We used to do that to kids a few years ago. Nowadays, the kids are doing the same to us.

33 comments:

  1. He let you win the first one...so you will show interest. He then crushed you in the next four. You're right - kids are REALLY smart nowadays...just like OLD PEOPLE.

    I let Obama win the first one in 2008. Over the next 4 years, we Republicans have been crushing him.

    Bye Bye Barry!

    Regards,
    John McCain

    (BUCK OFAMA!)

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  2. Thanks for your comments Senator McCain. Yes, you gave the victory to Obama thru your Vice Presidential candidate selection.

    McCain, get over. You lost years ago. Mitt Romney is affectionately known as Lite John McCain. Even Republicans are not voting for him.

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  3. I completely agree about the kids being more intelligent than the previous generations...I saw my nephew reading before he turned three and I used to be shocked!

    :)

    Aparna.

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  4. Thanks for your comments Aparna. You are absolutely correct. I recently saw a 9 year old kid (relative)(4th Grade) reading a book on Titanic. I asked him if his parents asked him to read. Negative. Teacher asked him to read? Negative. He said he checked it out from his school library to read. Ooosh. I give up.

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  5. kids are really smart these days and they learn everything early in life.

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  6. I have had a similar experience many years ago and the game was chess.

    I am totally with you on the belief that kids are indeed learning things much earlier than we did at their age :)

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  7. Thanks for your comments Renu. Long time No see. kids are really smart these days. I agree.

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  8. Thanks for your comments Era. The kid you were playing chess with. Was he by any chance Viswanathan Anand?

    I agree with you. Kids learn earlier than us.

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  9. Lolz....what were you expecting then? :)Kids love to annihilate other players while in videogames.

    Your post reminded me of my childhood days with nintendo...I was persistence unless I finish all levels...And I was the top in city to finish Super Mario Bros! hee he

    Miss those gaming now :(

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  10. Thanks for your comments Ekta. I did not know you were a champion Nintendo player. Good for you. One of these days, I will arrange for you to play Mortal Combat vs DC Universe with this kid.

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  11. I too have come across kids who are very smart. The exposure to outside world is more for them than we had.

    Interesting post, SG!

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  12. :D

    What an observation SG!

    Kids these days are truly super active and way beyond what we used to be in our days.. no doubt they are called the Gen Next ;)

    Their logic / ideas / definations are beyond our understanding most of the time an we are left flabbergasted like you were in this incident!!

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  13. I agree about the kids being more precocious these days then what I can remember from my childhood but then is that not just some form of evolution?

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  14. Thanks for your comments Sandhya. They do have more outside world exposure.

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  15. Thanks for your commens ME. Yes, they are indeed Gen Next.

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  16. Thanks for your comments wehearttravelling. And, welcome to my blog. Like you, we are travel also enthusiasts.

    Yes, it is truly a form of evolution. I agree with you.

    Swati, please visit here as often as you can. (Just visited your blog and got your name.)

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  17. I too have a ten years old at home and every day is a new test for me..with loads of questions that never comes to my mind even at this age..and Mr. Google always there to make us look dumb before them by answering all their queries at the click of a button..nice post and do agree with you..we have to be super cautious..

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  18. Back then, elders were afraid to even touch the joystick and play against us. That's because, it takes half an hour before they even get a chance and by that time they are already gone! :)

    Destination Infinity

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  19. yes you are right... I myself have experienced such things wit many of my younger cousins :-)

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  20. I totally enjoyed reading this post. You are so right. Today's kids are smarter and more intelligent than the previous generations. They can strike deals, negotiate to their advantage and read between the lines as well. Initially I used to be shocked but now I am kind of getting used to this fact of life.

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  21. Thanks for your comments Ranita. So you have first hand personal experience.

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  22. Thanks for your comments DI. And, welcome to my blog. You said it very well.

    DI, please visit my blog as often as you can. Thanks.

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  23. Thanks for your comments Priyaa. So your younger cousins are smarter than your thinking of them. Hehehe.

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  24. Thanks for your comments Sanand. You are absolutely right.

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  25. Kids are smart, undoubtedly!!I was reading an article, and it said, that research has proved that IQ test scores are steadily on the rise...today's kids have IQ's much higher than those of their parents and grandparents!:))
    Good one, SG:)

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  26. Thanks for your comments Panchali. You are absolutely right. Today's kids' IQ is much higher.

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  27. yes new gen is very intelligent
    its great he let you know win

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    It's easy to follow a blog through email than following it by google reader.

    Destination Infinity

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  29. Thanks for your comments sm.

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  30. Thanks for your suggestion Rajesh. Implemented immediately.

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  31. It was fun reading this post!

    You might have felt elated at that moment that gaming was a piece of cake for you. But the kid bursted the bubble! haha..would have loved to see your expression then

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  32. Thanks for your comments Aparna. And, welcome to my blog. Never mind my expression. You should have been there to see how that kid was calm and collected.

    Aparna, please visit here as often as you can. Thanks.

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  33. I had read it ,but I don't know if I left any comment. Anyway I can't help leaving a comment now. Children now are elders and elders are children.Most of them are of high I.Q.

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