I know this is vague. You might never even read this. You might but never realise that I’m talking about you.
But you know me. If I waited until I was ready to tell this to you face to face, it would never happen. I’m not as strong as you. I never have been.
Where did those days go?
The days I whiled away without a care. When my mind was free from the miasma of doubt, not burdened by the worries of the unchangeable.
“Why am I so calm? Heh, that’s just it. I’m not.
I found an old school assignment while clearing junk off of my computer, and decided that I liked it enough to put it here. It’s an old drama assignment that I did about myself (narcissist) and I both liked it at the time and still like it now. Unfortunately, it still fits me quite well. Fortunately though, I can look at this and see areas that I’ve definitely improved in over the years, especially in regards to my feelings towards others.
You don’t think I know that?
You don’t think that I realise I have nothing to be afraid of?
You don’t think I realise that nothing in my life is bad? That I have it pretty good by all accounts, even my own?
So why do you continue to tell me to just get over things? To just do things?
It’s very obvious that I don’t need to be afraid. I don’t need to be scared of everything, I can do anything I put my mind to. I realise this.
But it doesn’t make it any easier.
I recently entered into the closed beta for an interesting video game called The Aetherlight that bases its plot around various Bible stories, and I like it. They took the (in my opinion) very important stories from the Bible, and put them into a medium that can reach far more people than the Bible itself might. Of course, there is no substitute for reading the book itself, but video games could get people interested where they might otherwise not be.
Octodad: Dadliest Catch is one of the greatest games that I have ever played.
Not for the gameplay, though that is definitely fun. If you’ve ever played or seen it played you’ll know what I mean when I say it is ‘precisely imprecise’. Not for the writing and humour, that, again, is stellar. The jokes range from blatantly obvious, to very subtle to somewhere in between and nearly every single one is a perfect hit. Not even for the story, which, although fairly stock standard, plays just enough with tropes and clichés to be extremely enjoyable.
No, all those things are great in their own right, but they aren’t what really make me love this game. What really gives this game a place in my heart is the relationship between Octodad and his family. This isn’t going to be a review of Octodad as a game as such, but more of an analysis and response to this relationship. Come with me, on this adventure!
[The following contains spoilers for Octodad: Dadliest Catch]