Monster Rancher 2: An unusual family activity
Monster Rancher 2 is a Playstation game that involves breeding and raising a variety of monsters to send into battles and on adventures. It's kind of like having a virtual pet that you can train to do certain things successfully. This game is full of cartoon-like pictures, numbers and words. It's not particularly educational (except for the concepts of proper health considerations for animals, to some extent), but it has turned into a family activity in my household.
I was first introduced to Monster Rancher 2 by a family friend and got hooked on it. Playing this video game helped me through my second pregnancy, including the first three hours of labor.
For a long while after that we didn't have a Playstation or Monster Rancher 2. That all changed this Christmas, when my husband found and purchased a used copy of this compelling game for me. We've been playing it ever since.
At first my husband and I expected it to be an escape from the kids...one of us would be upstairs playing while the other one took care of our children. Little did we know that our kids would want to watch. After watching a while, some of them have started asking for certain things when we're playing. "Do the Power Drill, please?" "Don't click the short-cut!"
Then, the truly amazing thing happened. Alex took my hand, led me upstairs and put my hand on the controller! He asked me to play Monster Rancher 2! This is truly remarkable, since before that moment the only requests like that Alex would make were for food and for puzzles. :-)
Now, Monster Rancher 2 is a regular family fun activity in my household. If you're kids like cartoons and you're looking for a way to get them to spend some more interactive time with you, you might just want to give it a try! ;-)
(Warning: some violence is involved, but it's not graphic.)