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P.S. These are not shooter glasses.
But they could be I guess.
Are you thinking, what's the big deal? I know. I know. It's an easy game. Maybe even a tad boring? It might build a few more synapses to play Battleship or even dress-up. (I did play those with my kids.) But considering that kids tend to default to games such as flinging sand at each other when they're unoccupied, it's a safe game and a simple game that can even be played IN the sandbox. I say teach it to your kids.
Why? Well. I wasted an hour researching it and now I'm wasting your time too...Did you know that there are 255,168 tic-tac-toe game combinations? (Please pause here for a moment and wonder about the dude who added this information to Wikipedia; I can so relate to him). It's existed since the first century BC. And it obviously teaches strategy. And social skills. And stuff. But more than any of this, if only I had known what it's called in other countries. Love these:
Asia: Wick Wack Woe!
UK: Noughts and Crosses!
Ireland: Xees and Ozees!
Words always spike my pilot light but yeah, I know I keep having this nagging thought...it's still just too easy. So why do I continue to blather on about this? Recently I was asked to recommend my favourite game. Here's the thought process that ensued:
Is it when my teens tell me half-truths? No.
Is it the passive-aggressive games I am forced to play with people at work sometimes? No.
Is it the way I avoid talking to my wife about my feelings and then grow bitter that she can't read my mind? No.
My favourite, favourite game is actually based on Xs & Os. It's Gobblet! YES.
Sadly though, my teens won't play it with me anymore. Why? Because I MUST WIN!
Sorry but I'm not one of those types of parents who let their kids win. However, please don't assume I am the overly competitive type... *tries to prevent the following conversation from happening in my head: "Yes you are." "No I'm not." "Are so." "Are not."*
Oh peeps, I josh. I'm truly not very competitive. Well maybe with some things. Competitive sports? Meh. Competitive cooking? Maybe. Competitive art show? BRING IT ON! Competitive Gobblet? BARE TEETH & MAKE PRO-WRESTLER FACES AND STRUT AROUND.
See. Like for all of us it just depends. As for the game of GOBBLET? I'm COMPETITIVE squared, multiplied by pi. (I don't really know what that means but I'm trying to say that with this game, I whoop yo ass.)
And finally, this brings me to my point. (Whoa. Must work on summarization skills eh?) Go get Gobblet.