For me, fishing is more than just an activity or even a hobby. I have enjoyed fishing for as long as I can remember, and merely ‘enjoying’ fishing is not the correct word for it. In my college days, I was obsessed. I took fly fishing classes, ditched my other classes to get out on the river, and even took girls on dates fly fishing. There is something mystical about fishing that lures me in every time.
Ever since I was a boy, my fishing excursions with my family always turned into a fishing game or competition. Who could catch the biggest fish? Who could catch the most fish? This challenge always brought out the most focus in all of us, as we always wanted to win the prize. When I go fishing with friends or family now, the biggest fish or the most fish usually determines who buys lunch or dinner.
For me, getting into fishing wasn’t very difficult. All it took was for my dad to take me to a pond as a little boy to feed the carp corn and bread crumbs. For others, it might take a little bit more prodding. Try using a Nintendo Wii fishing game, handheld fishing game, or other online fishing game to spark their interest. If you are trying to get them interested in hunting as well, try a hunting and fishing game to spark their interest into both outdoor activities. The Nintendo Wii is a useful tool because it incorporates real fishing movements by using a fishing game controller shaped like a fishing pole, which makes for a good fishing game for kids.
While virtual fishing games are fun and can help to spark interest into real fishing, nothing can substitute for the real thing. Start with a bass fishing game or a fly fishing game online, and then move onto the real thing if interest is there. If not, maybe just getting out into the great outdoors could do the trick. The nice thing about fishing is that it can be done in some of the most scenic places on earth.
Whether you get into virtual fishing or the real thing, add a little competition with a fishing game.
Fishing is one of my favorite hobbies. I can remember my dad taking me fishing for the first time, which immediately hooked me for life. I have grown up in different parts of the country, which exposed me to different fishing methods and types. Living in the mid-west exposed me to the many different ways to bring in a catfish. Alongside catfish fishing was bass fishing. Living in the Rocky Mountains gave me an appreciation for fly fishing, which allows me to pursue the different species of trout and salmon.
My brothers also like to fish. We grew up fishing together, and many times our fishing trips turned into competitions. It started with the biggest fish or most fish leading to bragging rights, and now the winner gets a free lunch or dinner. One fishing game we play is that we take turns on a specific fishing hole. We set a limit of casts or time on that hole, and the person who catches the most fish or the biggest fish in the alloted limit wins. Or the game can be stretched out over an entire day on the river, lake or stream.
Fishing games are the most fun when played while actually fishing. But sometimes it just isn’t feasible to get out on the river to fish. Recently I have found it very difficult to coordinate with my brothers to go on a fishing trip. What I have found is that there are other options that bring fishing games home. PC fishing games and online fishing games allow you engage in a virtual fishing competition from the comfort of your own home. The Nintendo Wii has different fishing games to choose from as well, and can bring fun to the entire family. There are many options when looking for fishing games for kids, so starting with the Wii could be the right move. Sometimes, trying to get someone into fishing or hunting is best started out by playing hunting and fishing games on the computer or another game console.
There are also a lot of handheld fishing games, with the game system taking the shape of a fishing pole. These are not as popular or fun, but the Nintendo Wii again has a fishing pole controller, which adds a bit of realism to the game.
These fishing game options are not nearly as fun as the real thing, but with a little bit of imagination, they can bring a lot of fun home. If you are able to get out on the river or lake, try incorporating bass fishing games or fly fishing games into your outing with friends and family, it might make the trip a little bit more interesting.
The other day I was in a big box electronic store, browsing as I often like to do (it is what us nerds do for fun, I guess). This is where I got to play for the first time with one of the new generations of gaming consoles, the ones with the new “move” technology.
The technology for having your movements be translated into digital signals is not completely new, of course. The Nintendo Wii introduced the game controllers that you moved through the air and the controller sent your commands back to the game in real time. This spawned a whole series of different kinds of controllers, such as fishing poles for a fishing game, or firearm-like controllers for shooting games.
But the new consoles have taken it to the next stage, by doing away with the controller altogether. These new systems utilize a camera that you position in front of your TV to capture your movements. The recognition software is sophisticated enough to figure out what your body movements mean, and translate that to the game experience.
For example, I stood in front of the game, reached my hand out to pick up a digital bowling ball out of the ball return, hoist the ball in front of me virtually, then hurl it down the bowling alley with a swing of my arm. It was astonishing, really.
I think there are still going to be games where you need some kind of controller to handle, if for no other reason than to give you a more realistic playing experience. I cannot imagine a fun dirt bike game, driving around an off-road track at high speeds, and not having something like a controller in your hand. I know if I am hurtling around a track, I want to hold on to something! But these new systems that can read your body movements really are going to be a “game changer.”