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Parents who play?

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I'm actually really curious how many parents have played TWD game, and if you felt it affected your game play/results because you did or didn't have kids.
I know I couldn't help but replace Clem with my daughter. It was hard to not think about "Okay, if Tes was with me, which approach would I take?"

So did you replace Clem with your kid, did you have any paternal feelings towards her, if you didn't have children, do you feel like she was a kid to you, so on and so forth.

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  • @Phil_TWD said: Parents who play The Walking Dead are awesome because they're not poisoned by what the media misleads them to, or the wrong mentality (games = violence).

    I'm not a parent, but I hope someday I will.

    Heh. My mom played through the game twice and is looking forward to the next season.

    Thankfully, not all parents are gullible idiots who believe that video games encourage mass shootings :rolleyes:

  • @Phil_TWD said: Parents who play The Walking Dead are awesome because they're not poisoned by what the media misleads them to, or the wrong mentality (games = violence).

    I'm not a parent, but I hope someday I will.

    I'm a parent of three, and I agree. However, I do feel that games like grand theft auto go too far (prostitution, drug abuse, random beatings, sociopathic behavior, etc.) and should be reserved for adults.

  • Even though I believe videogames do not lead to violence in real life, I won't show my daughter hardcore violence, gore or horror. She won't go out and kill everyone in sight, but she will get scared and sleep badly. Well, that's bad for her health, her progress in school and my (and her mum's) mood :).
    Since she's 4 years old, she is able to voice her opinion and tell us if she's scared of something or not. She hasn't been scared of The Walking Dead yet and was pretty much hooked from the first scene that Clementine appeared. Ofcourse she has NO idea what everyone is saying in the game, with the exception of yes, no, shit (which toggles a laugh attack of about half an hour...) and the name Clementine. But still, I guess it's a compliment that Telltale can grab the attention of a 4-year old, because that's not that easy sometimes...

  • That was a difficult choice as well.

  • I have three children, my oldest is a girl Clems age. Yes, while playing the game i instinctively did what was best for clem at all turns. I kept her with me when we went to Woodbury only because of what she said about omid. I hadnt thought of that out come until Clem told me about her fear of it. That solved it...she stays with me at all costs. there is NO babysitter that can sub in, for the current reigning, Parenting Champion that is LEE.

    The scene with kenny's family was heart breaking.
    Kenny being disillusioned about his sons state is understandable. we as media hounds have been dealing with zombie stories our whole life...so the information about what has to be done is sometimes a roadblock when we have to connect to characters during a fictitious emotional struggle. its easy for us to disconnect from the situation and just click the button.

    Kenny for an OSCAR

    I said it here first...i nominate Kenny for best supporting actor in a game

    Kenny for an OSCAR

  • @McLuvn TWDG said: I have three children, my oldest is a girl Clems age. Yes, while playing the game i instinctively did what was best for clem at all turns. I kept her with me when we went to Woodbury only because of what she said about omid.

    Whoa, you took her to Woodbury!? Maybe the stranger was right about your Lee. :p

    Jokes aside, i myself am not a parent. It seems most who play the game(or at least most who visit the forum) aren't either. I cared a lot about Clementine and tried to protect her as best i could regardless. Most of my own real life experiences with watching children were disastrous. As some have said, Clem seems to set an unrealistic standard of an awesome kid in general.

  • yeah, I'm not a parent, nor do I consider myself old enough to be one. However, I want to someday! Clementine isn't "unrealistic" for their are kids like that out there. However, it is highly unlikely. Let's say that Lee got really lucky, which is understandable considering there are very few kids seen ever in TWD. And Woodbury!? Dude, that's worse than Crawford xD. I am glad that parents play video games, because I hate the fact that most think games cause/create violence, when for some I'd say it deters a violent path. It is like a simulation of what happens, and unless you are playing a game like Grand Theft Auto, it never really turns out well. I am grateful parents play them, especially one as awesome as The Walking Dead. Hope your children realize just how cool you all are.

  • I have a 5 year old daughter....so goes without saying it definately affected my play. I was very protective of Clem. And the scene where Lee goes up to the front of the camper- where Kenny is driving and Katjaa is holding a slowly dying Duck....man, than hit me hard all the way to the scene where I had to take him out.

  • No parent either, but this game made me understand how parents feel if their kids are in danger, when Clem entered the mansion in E4 through the hatch i was scared shitless, also in the station at the end of E3. Whenever I see shows or movies where parents lost their kids, or where kids suddenly disappear - like in the walking dead show - I feel with the parents, seriously that feeling wasn't there before this game.

  • @McLuvn_TWDG - I agree, there really isn't a babysitter when it comes to the apocalypse. I can't imagine leaving mine with anyone (but daddy!) in a situation like that.
    And I second your nomination for Kenny as best supporting actor in a game! Hehe He really add a lot to the game.

    @Mornai - lol I have only ever successfully watched two kids who weren't my own so I know what you mean there. But I also disagree with what most people have said about Clem setting an unrealistic standard for kids. It depends a lot on how you raise 'em and their personalities.
    Our toddler is very well behaved for her age, most people guess her to be a couple of years older than she is, just because she's not constantly throwing fits or still drooling all over herself lol.

    @mark$man - I would agree that Lee got lucky, but I think only two types of kids could survive without help from others - conniving little assholes, and quick-thinking, quiet kids (or some combination of those two). Those kids you look at and think "I'm going to see you on the news one day, when they find that stack of bodies in your basement" are going to do well - no aversion to violence, well thought out and patient. And kids like Clem who are quiet, can think their way out of situations, and know that violence is only necessary in dire situations (shooting a zombie) would also do really well. But yeah, Lee lucked out finding Clementine and not young Ted Bundy lol.

    @Cnaf - lol! Yeah when Katjaa called Lee up to the cab and said Duck had been bitten, I can't say I was shocked, but I was certainly wounded. I think the only part worse was her asking Lee to go get Kenny 'cause it was time.

    @Zeroshoot - haha! I had a bigger problem when she went out the vent at the St John's. After that, I figured she could handle herself well enough. However, if that had been my daughter, I think I would've poked my head in or something to watch lol.

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