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Tinkerbell and the Defense of Astranaar
Margaret is a currently a big fan of Tinkerbell. We had the first two movies on blu-ray, and then the first (and best) one went missing. I searched the TV room multiple times. I searched the entire upstairs, and I checked my car in case it was there, never mind that the DVD player in my car won’t play blu-rays and that one didn’t come with a DVD format copy the way the subsequent ones do. Since I got tired of seeing the second movie over and over and over I finally caved and bought the third in the series and at the same time got a replacement for the first one. Predictably, just a few days after the replacement arrived I found the original copy when tidying for gamers. It was between the cushion and the frame of the futon. I also found the long-lost Mulan figurine, so I’m counting it a win.

I think it must be the style of the computer animation, but these movies really, really, really remind me of World of Warcraft. I keep wanting Tinkerbell to pull out a teeny tiny bow and start ganking orcs. I think it would be great, but then again, Tinkerbell is generally playing to occupy Margaret so that I can either get a shower or put Duncan to bed depending on whether it’s early morning or late evening, so it’s the 2.75 year old’s taste that matters.

It’s been nearly three years since I quit playing WoW. At the time I didn’t consciously quit so much as semi-suddenly spontaneously lose interest. I had loved playing, especially with Warren, especially in the heady days right after our RPPVP server first opened. Then the small annoyances started to build, like the way Blizzard seemed to cater to raiders and whiners and not understand PvP. Of course some of it was just the annoyance of dealing with other players to do 5-mans. Our original characters had so much trouble finding tanks and healers for heroic 5-mans that we ended up leveling and gearing up a tank and a healer only to have trouble finding competent DPS. Much as I keenly remember all the things that made me find WoW more chore than fun towards the end, I do find myself missing it when Pixie Hollow reminds me so much of Ashenvale.

I must have mentioned some of this to Warren recently (my brain is low on RAM and swap space due to running two instances of BabyTracker, and as a result my short-term memory is crap), and he wondered how close Margaret is to being able to play WoW. My opinion is that she needs to be able to read first, his opinion seems to be closer to ‘any day now’. I’m thinking she also needs better fine motor skills, and a better ability to cope with frustration, but it would be nice if Warren were more right me in this case. Perhaps the real reason we both want a third kid is so that we can field a 5-man group with just family members and have fun with games like WoW again. We could let the kids all pick their favorite class, and then Warren and I could argue which one of us gets to play the healer. I do love my babies as babies, but it is fun to look forward to doing more grown-up stuff with them.

So, do you think if I got a new WoW account and made a character for Margaret with the female human avatar with the blond bun hairdo that I convince her that she was Tinkerbell? Okay, sweetheart, now Tinkerbell needs to go across the river and fight the nasty pirates in the vineyard…
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enugent From: enugent Date: April 14th, 2011 12:09 am (UTC) (Link)
Perhaps you should start her on PixieHollow.com? She can create up to three fairies and fly around gathering ingredients and using them to buy new clothes and hairstyles for her avatars. Unfortunately there are no orcs. You can explore abandoned mines for better ingredients than you can get from just flying around or from the games, but I don't think it's possible for a fairy to be killed. (You may infer from my having this information that I have spent a great many hours helping Dorothy play on this site so that she can collect enough blueberries to keep her hummingbird fed. Membership in the site (so she can get better clothes and more quests) has been her requested Christmas gift from my mother for two years running.)
greyautumnrain From: greyautumnrain Date: April 14th, 2011 10:23 pm (UTC) (Link)
Ooh. I am checking it out.
remcat From: remcat Date: April 14th, 2011 02:22 pm (UTC) (Link)
For what it's worth ... Seth learned how to play and then played through Warcraft III himself, before he was literate. He watched me play, and memorized the menu icons.
greyautumnrain From: greyautumnrain Date: April 14th, 2011 10:20 pm (UTC) (Link)
How old was he?
remcat From: remcat Date: April 15th, 2011 11:11 am (UTC) (Link)
Hmmmm I want to say 3 or 4?
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