Father and son bond over video games

Family time: Ungku Ismael watching Ungku Alexander playing video games at their home in Taman Suria in Johor Baru. — NUR AISYAH MAZALAN/The Star

JOHOR BARU: The movement control order does not stop a father and son from having countless hours of fun through gaming.

In fact, the bond between Ungku Ismael Ungku Mokhsin, 40, and his 15-year-old son Ungku Alexander has become stronger during the MCO, without leaving the comfort of their home.

The teenager said he had always been an avid gamer since he was small as his father was also a gamer.

“We spend hours playing games together, in particular first-person shooter games where we play online with other players from within this region.

“We always play together as a team. He would teach me when to press the right buttons at the right time either on the console or PC. We make a better team, ” he said yesterday.

Ungku Alexander said that with the MCO, he could not go outside and play with his brother and sister or visit his grandparents, but through the virtual world, he could have his own adventure and meet other gamers from all over the world.

He said the first console he got was a gift from his father – an X-Box One – about seven years ago, but his collection now includes a Sony Playstation 5, PC and a Nintendo Switch.

“The one thing that I enjoy most about playing video games with my father is to beat him as he is really good.

“I just love seeing the way he reacts and it makes me laugh, but the best part about it is that I can spend time with him, ” he added.

Meanwhile, Ungku Ismael said that despite them playing video games, he would always remind Ungku Alexander of his responsibilities.

“When it is time for his studies or daily prayers, he will do it first and then after he finishes all his chores, we will continue with our ‘battle’ online.

“I love having our father and son moment through video games, and our relationship has become stronger, ” he added.

Ungku Ismael also said that as a responsible father, there were some games that he did not allow his son to play because they were meant for adults.

“Both of us love playing video games and it would be a more enjoyable experience when we play together or against one another, ” he added.

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