Those of you who have been reading me for a while know how obsessive Princess Nagger can be about things that interest her. From dinosaurs to dragons to Warrior Cats to Minecraft – her latest and greatest obsession is Portal. I know, you’re thinking to yourself “What the heck is Portal?”
Portal is a 2007 first-person puzzle-platform video game that primarily comprises a series of puzzles that must be solved by teleporting the player’s character and simple objects using “the Aperture Science Handheld Portal Device”, a device that can create inter-spatial portals between two flat planes.
Still confused? It’s a game that makes you use your brain to figure out how to get from Point A to Point B using a portal gun to create portals to go through to get where you want to go. I know, it’s still mind boggling, isn’t it?
I have to say, though, that I like that Princess Nagger enjoys games that challenge her brain – she is a brainiac, after all, so exercise in that manner is a good thing. So long as she also spends time running around and not parked in front of one of her screens.
She kept bugging me about the replica portal gun she really, really wanted, so I made a deal with her that if she cleaned up her mess in the living room, I’d get one for her:
Not only did she clean up her mess, but she also packed and stacked boxes of her stuff to get ready for our move in August:
I’d say she earned that portal gun, wouldn’t you? She impatiently waited for the UPS driver to drop off the package we’d been tracking online, and couldn’t contain her excitement when it finally arrived yesterday:
She couldn’t wait to get started playing with it, running around the backyard pretending to go through portal after portal:
She put her hair in a ponytail and said she needs to get a white tank top and an orange jumpsuit so she can become this character from Portal 2:
She even wants to try to make the funky boots that the character Chell is wearing. I love that she dreams big.
Are any of your kids big dreamers and have ‘out there’ imaginative play?
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