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Dads in Video Games

September 5, 2019


My dad is a very interesting and hilarious man. He has experiences and stories and will cry from laughing every time he tells you the one about how He entered a race for track and field day in middle school but was so bad and slow and so far behind everyone else That people in the stands actually started walking out onto the field before my dad even finished Because they didn’t even realise he was in the race, so he just walked off the track and went home. What I’m trying to say is Evan Seymour is a man with some depth or to borrow a metaphor from Shrek who is also a dad (Happy Father’s Day Shrek) um much like an onion, my dad has layers. But what about dads in video games? Typically it’s some gruff and tough dude that has to protect his family or get revenge because the family didn’t get protected or whatever reason a writer came up with to get you to kill bad guys. And I’m not saying that these types of dads are BAD dads, these are fucking great dads. Mike Haggar is a great dad. Sam Fisher is a great dad Big Daddy is a great da- he’s a big, he’s a great big old daddy. There may not be a whole lot of depth when it comes to Harry Mason but any dad that’s gonna trek through a Halloween spooktacular with fucking cardboard box pants to save his daughter is a good dad in my book. But still, where the fuck are the dad jokes? Where’s the random anecdotes that teach me life lessons? Which one of these bozos is gonna talk to the Applebee’s waiter a LOT longer than I thought he would? Eli Vance seems to have a very loving and healthy relationship with his daughter Alex, which is super nice to see. He built her a fucking robot dog! Hey I really like your dog, what breed is it? It’s a robot dog you BITCH. John Marston may have seemed like the typical gruff and tough badass dad stereotype, but towards the end of Red Dead Redemption, you get to see a bit of his softer side as he just tends to his farm and teaches his son how to hunt, and do other cowboy related shit. Ethan Mars is yet another video game character on a quest to protect his child, but at least Heavy Rain dives into Ethan’s character a little bit beyond the surface level and allows you to press X to JASON and SHAUUUUUUN A big part of being a real dad is not always getting to be happy and fun with your kids because kids are kind of dipshits sometimes. There is no better video game representation of the popular dad phrase “I’m not angry I’m just disappointed.” Than God Of War. There should just be a fucking game mechanic where there’s a meter on top of the screen that shows you if Kratos is more angry or disappointed at the BOI But, I mean, Kratos may be kind of a hard-ass but I think the reason this father and son relationship works so well is because the game isn’t centered around you saving your son. The son is just there. You just get to hang out with the kid and witness a relationship between a God and his BOI grow in front of your very eyes. Another dad with some depth or a “depth daddy” heh if you will is Joel in the Last of Us. And regardless of whether you think he’s a good dad or a bad dad, you can’t deny that there’s at least more to Joel’s character than just being a gruff and tough dude on a mission. I called my dad before I started writing this video and I just asked him “Dad, what would you say best captures what being a dad is all about?” And he immediately answered, without hesitation, he just said “Just hanging out with my kids, teaching you guys stuff while you also teach me stuff” And I thought that that was really insightful. And that statement from my dad is more apparent in the Last of Us than any other game I’ve ever played. The small moments of just Joel and Ellie hanging out and talking are among the best in a game with a lot of good ass moments. Like that’s- that’s a real dad right there. But what about some bad dads? Just some real deadbeat pieces of shit. I’m talking about King Zora in Ocarina of Time, who just sits on his lazy fat fish ass like an asshole and has YOU go into this giant water beast to save his daughter. What the fuck? James in Fallout 3 who, yeah, taught you how to shoot a BB gun and has good intentions of providing clean water to the wasteland and gets a couple automatic dad points for being voiced by Liam Neeson, BUT just leaves you in a vault with an insane overseer and a bully from the hit musical fuckin GREASE with no explanation at all. What the flip Dad? Michael spends most of GTA 5 reminiscing about his glory days and killing like 1, 2, 3, I don’t know, a BILLION COPS and I don’t blame him for not wanting to spend time with his piece-of-shit son, but maybe his son wouldn’t have been a piece of shit if Michael spent some time with him Honestly though one of the most realistic depictions of dads in video games is Shower with your Dad Simulator and not the part about showering with other dads or even your own dad but just going to a locker room for like a water park or something and just having to be around a bunch of naked old men just… hanging out like that happens to kids, that happened to me! If you’re a regular viewer of my channel you might recall that in my moms and video games video I ended it by saying “The real moms in video games are us, the gamers, because we give life and help each other out and take care of one another. So if the real moms in videogames are us, Then who the flip are the real dads in video games? It’s the video games themselves. The video games were the dads all along. A good dad will help you grow as a person and also teach you some valuable life lessons. Possibly through a tough experience like fallin’ on your bike or failing at something at first before sticking with it and overcoming a challenge. So while Bowser may be an actual dad in Super Mario Galaxy, Super Mario Galaxy itself was kind of a metaphorical dad for me and my brothers, because it taught us to overcome a challenge in a fun and wholesome way. I might be reaching a little bit but dads are fucking cool and admirable as hell. Whether you’re a cliche badass tough-guy dad saving your daughter for like the 16th time, or a full-time stay-at-home dad that’s secretly an octopus, Let’s hear it for the dads. And let’s get some more Depth Daddies with some onion layers in video games. Happy Father’s Day everyone, and to anyone in LA or going to Vidcon next week, I will be there with some YouTube pals and also I totally forgot that Father’s Day was coming up this Sunday or today, and I was already almost done with another video and then- so I’m working on this one and another one so, I know the gaps between content have been really long, but you’re getting another video that’s like seven minutes long and really stupid in a couple days so Thank you. I love you. Goodbye. [snap] [snap] Hit it boys. [tasty beat] I’m not fucking subtitling all of this. Thanks for reading my subtitles.

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  1. You didn’t talk about Max Payne when talking about deadbeat dads 🙁

    He was the deadbeatiest of all. He let his family get killed by drug dealers and then spent like 10 years using it as an excuse to drink himself to a near-coma state.

  2. The Last of Us was one of the first games I got and played for my PS4.
    And when I played it my dad would be there on the couch watching me and talking to me about it.
    It was a even better experience with my dad there with me while we both saw the ending and the whole game.
    Cant wait for part 2

  3. THAT fudckging Cow video you play in the background in intermissions makes me laugh every time oh My gosh

  4. I don’t like my dad. Strongly dislike him, even, for reasons I’m too lazy to type out. It does make me happy, though, so see others who have good dads.

    Nice dogs, by the way. They look very floofy and adorable and I want to hug them

  5. My dad stole a Playstation for me before he went to prison. So videogames really were my father, how am I even functioning? Thanks japan!

  6. WARNING: I'm drunk right know. So I'm probably being dramatic.
    After my wife and I had our first kid, she left me for a woman 10 months after he was born. I'm lonely as fuck now. Divorce is pending and I'm lonelier than ever and shes moved on and has forgotten the 6 years we had together. My son is the only thing keeping me from putting a gun in my mouth. I'm just so angry, confused and upset. All at the same fucking time. Wubba Lubba Dub Dub ya'll. Look up the true meaning if you don't already know.

  7. On the topic of John Martson, in the start of RDR2 he doesn’t play with jack and stuff. To the end he starts fathering him.

  8. Nobody will see this but I'll say it anyways. Your narration to connect with people is impressive & I'm glad you exist 🤘

  9. I resonated too well with "Which one of these bozos is gonna talk to the Applebee's waiter a lot longer than I thought he would"

  10. Dishonored 2… If you choose to play as Corvo the whole game is about stopping a Witch Bitch to save your daughter. If you choose to play as Emily it's a whole gaming about stopping a Witch Bitch to save your dad

  11. Kingdom Come: Deliverance. Fucking Henry had two dads… wait no not like that uhm… Henry is a bastard because fucjint razdig shagged some fuckint whore and says "Fuck you bitch" and whent back to being a knight. And then Martin that blacksmith from Prague just marries (ENTER HENRY'S MOTHERS NAME HERE) and then boom hes Henry's dad. And then when Henry finds out Radzig is hso dad, its form teht hungafian cunt istvan toth and then when Henry confronts radish wight it he just says "Oh yeah I'm your dad." And then nothing fukcing hhapenns
    Ficking worst dad of tenh all snd has a shiity beard/moustache

  12. Man I wish I knew what you guys felt, my dad died when I was like 12 and when he was alive he was mostly abroad. The time we were together was really great but I never really got to spend like idk some proper dad-son time, he felt more like a close friend.
    I wish I spent more time with him. His death affected a lot of people cause he was a very nice and extremely successful guy and practically gave more than half of his friends their jobs. His death literally tore my family apart to the point that it feels like I don't have one anymore, really the only thing keeping me going is my girlfriend and some of my friends. Many people, including me, really don't learn to appreciate family until it's gone.

    Idk where I'm going with this, just wanted to share ig. If you read this far, I'm sorry for taking your time and thanks a lot for reading.

  13. Whos the best dad in games? Could it be Kratos? Maybe it's Joel. Well, here's a fuckin news flash. ITS FUCKING SHREK FROM THAT SHREK PARTY GAME FOR THE WII

  14. The first game me and my dad played together was God Of War 2. I would’ve been 6 or 7 and he would’ve been 41 or 42. Me and my dad are so different in our personalities and interests that it was nice that we had at least one thing we could do together without him yelling at me.

  15. Me, knowing full well my dad got lost on his way back from the pub and hasn’t returned for 18 years: hm yes this looks like a fun and relatable video that i will enjoy

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