Games for FathersApril 11, 2018
Gaming has been widening its frontier for a long time now, with an ever-increasing number of titles choosing to cover topics that are a little further from the mainstream or support audiences that have traditionally been lain by the wayside. Part of this expansion that is becoming apparent, is a shift towards making games about and for fathers. This is possibly due to game developers getting older or the medium maturing, but in this spirit, I’ve put together a few of the standout dad games available to play right now.
God of War
This franchise has bid a clear farewell to its shouty, gratuitous, testosterone-fuelled past with the newest God of War focusing on the relationship between the titular character and his son. While violence, blood and a little shouting still play a role in the gameplay of God of War, the narrative has made a clear shift to more relatable themes of fatherhood and the balance between wanting the very best for our children and trying to not become overbearing or distant.
The Last of Us
While I wouldn’t recommend this for any new fathers or anyone who is particularly protective of their children (a good litmus test is whether or not you can get through the Dead Island trailer), The Last of Us is filled with themes of parenthood and the moral challenges of raising a child in a dystopic and violent world. The Last of Us is not for the faint of hearted, but it will inspire some of the strongest feelings of protectiveness and stewardship that you can find in gaming.
This one is a little different from the others, but it is an important exploration of the challenges faced by gay fathers in their relationships. As a dating simulator, the gameplay of Dream Daddy is not particularly inspired but its willingness to explore the balances between romantic relationships and our relationships with our children, make it a must play for all fathers – gay or not.
The Walking Dead: Season 1
Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the past 5 years, you’ve probably already heard more than a little about Telltale Games’ The Walking Dead adventure game series, particularly the first season. The Walking Dead tasks you with protecting and guiding a young girl, Clementine, through the post-apocalyptic, zombie-infested world of its setting, making choices and imparting knowledge on your way. The relationship you develop through the game defines the character of Clementine and how she sees right and wrong.