Primary Education

"Daddy, what's that monster's name?"

"That's, uh, Mitey. He's a Mite. So Mitey the Mite, then."

"Oh. Daddy, what's that one's name?"

"That's Ken Griffey Jr., the Griffy."

"Oh. Is his name Griffy because he has wings?"

"… Sure. Let's go with that."

"Oh. Is that Oliver's monster?"

"No, right now the girl, Esther, is using Griffy. Oliver is using Mitey."

"Oh. Does Droopy have a monster?"

"No, Drippy doesn't fight in battle. He just jumps around on the sidelines."

"Oh. Daddy, Droopy is really silly."

"It's Drippy, honey. Drippy. And yes, he is."

"When Droopy wore the girl's hat, it was really silly, Daddy."

"Yes. Yes, it was."

"Daddy, why does that monster have a heart?"

"It has a heart over its head because it's ready to be tamed by Esther's song. See, we have to tame the monsters before they'll fight on Oliver's team. Watch, she'll take out her harp and tame the monster."

"Oh. Then we can feed the monster chocolate?"

"Yes, we can feed the monster candy after we've tamed it."

"Daddy, let's feed the monsters!"

"Okay, but we can't feed them much; they're still pretty full from when we fed them last."

"Oh. Daddy, let's feed the robot."

"Okay, honey. What should we feed him?"

"Um … give him the blue ice cream!"

"Okay, done. Now let's see if we can capture some more monsters."

"Daddy, I like Oliver's cape really much. I have a red cape, too."

"I know, honey."

"And I like his blue shirt."

"That kind of shirt is called a tunic, honey."

"Oh. But I don't like his pants, Daddy."

"No? Why not?"

"They're not my favorite."

"… Um, okay."

"Daddy, is Oliver looking for his mommy?"

"Well, that's originally why he set out. He's trying to do other things now, like help all the people in the towns we've come across. But yes, he's still looking for his mommy."

"Oh. He still hasn't found his mommy?"

"No, not yet, honey. But he hasn't given up looking."

"Maybe she's in the forest."

"Maybe. I guess we will find out soon enough. Should we go there next?"

"Yeah!"

"Okay. Let's heal up first."

"What's that blue stone for?"

"That's where Oliver can heal, and where we can save the game so we can turn it off and come back later. Do you remember? We've discussed this before."

"Oh. … Daddy, why do the monsters fight each other?"

"Well, that's arguably one of the central questions of society throughout all of history. But in this case, I guess, it's because Oliver's monsters are trying to subdue the other monsters so that we can tame them and they'll join our team."

"And feed them chocolate?"

"… Yes, and feed them chocolate."

Comments

CptDomano wrote:

Is it bad that I had a similar conversation with my wife?

^^This lol

Now why didn't my quote work....

'Cos Coffee Grinders can't quote... or something like that.

(No, I'm not making this up.)

Aggro Sky wrote:

Now why didn't my quote work....

Because you still have Coffee Grinder status. Most BBCode is turned off until you've stuck around long enough to prove you're not a bot or something.

Itsatrap wrote:

Tropes and stereotypes exist for a reason, so that we don't have to learn everything from scratch every time we start a new game. Of course, the risk is in skipping straight to the conclusions without understanding how things developed that way. Why do bad guys have British accents? It's a cognitive shortcut, even if it makes no common sense at all!

No, upper-class British people are evil. That "shortcut" is a public service, informing audiences.

Except sometimes, when posh English accents are for Romans.

Itsatrap wrote:

Tropes and stereotypes exist for a reason, so that we don't have to learn everything from scratch every time we start a new game. Of course, the risk is in skipping straight to the conclusions without understanding how things developed that way. Why do bad guys have British accents? It's a cognitive shortcut, even if it makes no common sense at all!

The charm of playing with true novices is that they don't understand any of the historical patterns, and they're neither constrained nor jaded by them. For them, smashing crates is novel and unexpected!

(There's a nascent discussion of Antichamber buried in here somewhere.)

This Antichamber keeps popping up. Is it worth setting my virtual stack of games aside for?

theschap wrote:

This Antichamber keeps popping up. Is it worth setting my virtual stack of games aside for?

Absolutely! (come join us)

"When Droopy wore the girl's hat, it was really silly, Daddy."
Spoiler:

I was laughing so hard when this happened. Drippy is the master of ruining a serious family moment.

Also, I agree that Oliver's pants aren't my favorite, capris seem really impractical for adventuring.

For me It's more like, "Jaxson why are you playing Borderlands?"

He replies, "Fgjbsafihgbdfgjhbdf" or whatever babies say when they're trying to form words.

... and continues to waste every launcher and sniper round I have.

I love this piece.

Confused....I read GWJ almost exclusively on iPad (on the John--jk). What is this alt-text and whatnot about which you guys speak?

Amazingly I've been having the exact same conversation with my 4 year old since she started playing her own game this weekend. Tonight she told me "I'm so excited that I get my red cape tomorrow that I won't be able to sleep!".

Keithustus wrote:

Confused....I read GWJ almost exclusively on iPad (on the John--jk). What is this alt-text and whatnot about which you guys speak?

http://www.w3schools.com/tags/att_img_alt.asp