I’ve been playing mostly Metroid games lately and thought it might be fun to make something “metroidy.” And what could be more “metroidy” than one of these guys?
Unfortunately my large supply of floating gelatinous material and life-sucking teeth is in need of resupply so I had to go with the next best thing:
Perler beads! These are great fun, cheap, and your kids can do them too.
My daughter, Mercie, has decided to make princess Peach for her project.
All you have to do is place the beads on the peg board in your desired pattern. 8 bit Nintendo characters make great patterns because they are so pixelated.
Once you have your design the way you want it you just pop some parchment paper on top of it.
Iron it applying even pressure until most of the little holes are filled in.
It doesn’t have to be perfect. (it’s not like a bunch of botched metroids ever hurt anyone)
Wait for it to cool down, and peel off that paper to unleash the awesome!
Leave it on the plastic for a bit so it stays flat. At this point you can attach a magnet strip or a pin to the back or even use it as a coaster on you’re elegant coffee table.
Check out that sweet princess Peach mercie made. Pretty awesome.
Well that’s all there is to it. Now all you gotta do is keep a freeze gun handy (just in case) and enjoy your new baby metroid. Who knows it might even save your life one day…
And here’s a little PSA I staged to remind you to use caution with that hot iron.
The times are a changing. This is a gamer-dad generation. Almost every 20 something dad I know has an xbox and a copy of Call of Duty.
When I was a boy, video games were for kids. My dad didn’t even know how to turn the Atari on. Even if he wanted to do some nearly photorealistic hackeysacking in California Games he would’ve never figured out the controls. “there’s almost three whole buttons on this blasted thing!”
Okay, maybe just one button.
Jump forward 25 years and you’ve got kids who aren’t even allowed to touch dads video games. I’m not saying this is a bad thing, but it does raise some unique challenges for this generation of dads and tots. Where in the past dad might have spent one afternoon a week watching the game, now the earth could be under the assault of the nazis/covenant/tetris blocks at any time, or more specifically all the time. The fact is there are countless fathers who spend way too much valuable family time catching xp and nowhere near enough experiencing their kids.
If we were just talking about some single 30 year old dude passing his free time farming rupees in arkham land then no big deal. It’s none of my business. What concerns me is that there are kids out there struggling with selfworth because dad has a hero complex and can’t bring himself to face the real Bowsers of the world. After all jumping on heads only gets you so many coins on this side of the screen.
Let me get this out there, so no one accuses me of being the Anti-gamer, I am a gamer-dad. I enjoy video games. I play video games. I think and talk about video games when I’m not playing them. This is the very reason I feel it’s so important to keep my beautiful four children in a place of priority in my life. I never want them to say, “dad wanted to down necrolocusts more than he wanted to raise his kids.”
So what’s the solution? Does every dad need to “grow up” and never touch a controller again? Is that the only solution? Or is there a way for gamer-dads like me to show their kids that they’re at the top of my leaderboards without having to purge my brain of all my other interests and hobbies?
That is the journey I’m on. To make my family part of who I am and what I do. I want my kids to not just be unharmed by my passions but to be able to learn to enjoy them in a healthy and responsible way. I want to see dads like me enabled to be the hero, both on the screen and off. I want the men who are fathering this generation to be the Master Chiefs of their homes… only a little less cryosurgically enhanced… in some cases.
Welcome to my blog. I decided to start this page because my brain is so full of thoughts. Juicy delicious though…mmmmmm brains.
I’m planning to cover some of my favorite topics mostly from the angle of the dad that I am. It will likely break down into these main categories:
2: video games.
3: dadly thoughts.
4: crafting… yes, crafting.
You will journey into the vast world of my lego sets and creations, you will be armed with the skills that come with my infallible insight into the video game universe, you will delve deep into the darkened storehouses of my brains to hear all manner of dadly thoughts, & you will discover ways to bring your kids safely through your tragic hobbies via the wonderful (and manly) world of crafting. So put on your hazmat suit and pump your proverbial shotgun. It’s time to get ready for The Night of the Living Dad.