Some of you may have noticed a new link at the top of the page titled “RealBigZeke“. You may have wondered “What is that?” or did someone hack the
Fatherhood360 site and put up something inappropriate up that went unnoticed?
Well, that would not be correct. As I get ready to relaunch the site, one of the things I’ve had to do is take a long look at what I want to do and the audience I want to provide content for.
Over the last few years, my kids have been growing up as well. It’s been even more evident these last few weeks as my wife and I have been preparing to send them back to school. Those first day of school pics can really take a person back, can’t they?
Well, I’ve come to the conclusion that while most dads who are going to be popping by and taking in our content are either going through the same issues I am, they will in the future, or they’ll be able to relate based on the wisdom they’ve found along their journey. Regardless of the stage of life they’re in, online video sites like Twitch and YouTube is something our kids or grandkids are going to find.
Now, what does that have to do with Fatherhood360 and this RealBigZeke character? Well, I’ve decided that in addition to providing fathers with worthwhile content through the podcast, facebook, and twitter channels – I also want to provide some content that kids can watch as well. I’ve been a gamer for a long time and could never figure out a way to combine my love of games, whether those be board games – did I mention I have a collection of Monopoly games that is pushing 45 different versions? – video games, card games or even a good game of Simon Says, with my passion for being the best dad I can be and providing resources for other dads who can relate to my plight. This doesn’t mean I’m going to record or stream hours and hours of Minecraft videos because, while that is a fine game, I want to fully enjoy this as well.
All that said, RealBigZeke will be the “persona” I use as I play, record, and stream 3-4 gaming sessions each week. I may expand what I’ll be playing to board games and other types of games as time progresses but to begin, it will be strictly PC games. I will provide reviews for both current and upcoming games and give each a rating from 1-5 feathers (RealBigZeke is a vulture). I want the kids to have something they can watch where you know I’ll be trying to keep the gameplay as family-friendly as possible.
Now, many games today are multiplayer online games with chat features built in and I’ll be communicating with the other players. You have my word that any video I post on YouTube will be completely family-friendly, meaning no cursing from anyone. Unfortunately, that same promise won’t be possible on the Twitch channel because Twitch, as you may or may not know, is “live and unedited”. I’ll be posting gameplay from all types of games and folks will be invited to join in with me as I play from time to time as well. Anything I stream will have the name of the game listed and I will post a review of the game for mom and dad to view first. This way you’ll be able to make a decision on whether you want your kids to watch or not before you poke your head over their shoulder and discover that even though they said “I’m just watching YouTube”, they haven’t told you they’re watching Jason Voorhees run around and kill counselors in an extremely graphic manner within the Friday the 13th game.
Online gaming can be a lot of fun and watching folks play games can be great fun as well. While there are a ton of YouTubers and Twitch streamers that are hilarious and parents could really enjoy. They may not want their youngsters watching them – at least not yet. I hope this will allow you to have some neat opportunities with your families while watch some fun online videos in a safe environment.
I’ll be posting the links for those channels very soon, but if you want to search for them and see what I’m doing so far, feel free to Subscribe and Follow. I look forward to providing great content for the entire family and would love to hear your take on the online video and gaming issues. Leave a comment on our Facebook page and let us know what you think or the challenges you’ve had.