"What are you doing?" I ask Zara.
"I am playing a game."
"Well obviously." (If you hadn't been playing games 24/7 since the dawn of time, I would not have ended up spending $500 to rebuild the hard drive!!)
And I don't use exclamation marks lightly, and have a deep distrust of people who do.
"It's called Pappa's Hotdoggeria - you make hot dogs for customers."
"Sounds fascinating. Is there a game on there in which you can watch paint dry?"
And I check myself because I am almost getting all misty eyed for the days of Monkey Kickball and Angry Birds.
Then I start to realize I am becoming like one of those middle aged, cross people who stood at the garden fence when I grew up and grumbled about "kids today." The same types will normally tell you how life was better when they were growing up. You left your doors unlocked blah blah and there were no child murderers - apart from Ian Brady and Myra Hindley who killed kids on the moors etc.
Am I becoming like them? That is like most of them apart from Mrs Mills who dismembered my football when it landed in her garden.
There's a great piece by Michael Chabon about this, so rather than me banging out a pale imitation, I suggest you go and find it. I'd lend you mine but I've lost it.
Essentially it argues "kids today" live sanitized lives. They live vicariously through computer games. They don't live the adventure anymore, they do it in an airless room where they are safe from predators.
Whenever I suggest to Zara we might want to head into a state park the standard response is "why?" And can we stop off at Bouncy Castle World or the video gaming arcade. Why should our perfect virtual day be sullied with a slice of reality?
There's also the self analysis piece which is never good on a Saturday morning when one wants to just loll around in bed and shut out the world.
If they're capturing Aztec temples like pint sized modern day Cortezes - without the colonialism and needless bloodshed, I'm hoping - they are not in my face asking for interactive play time. It means I can spend most of my day on the laptop.