Dan's Dad Plays Games He'll Hate: 2013 Edition

by Dan Ryckert on Feb 12, 2013 at 06:27 AM

Ever since I moved to Minneapolis, my father Paul has made an annual tradition of visiting me on Super Bowl weekend. I've started my own tradition to go along with his, and that's bringing him in to the Game Informer office to play games (watch the 2011 and 2012 games here). Dad hates games, and frequently describes the entire industry as "stupid and weird." Despite his aversion to my favorite hobby, he's been a good sport once again this year. Here are his predictably prickly observations on this year's selection of titles.

Minecraft – Just about everyone loves Mojang's phenomenon, from jaded hardcore gamers to casual fans. I figured there'd be at least one guy that didn't like it. I was right.

Tokyo Jungle – I had never played this quirky PSN title, but I knew of its reputation. Based on his aversion to anything he deems "weird," I assumed this would be a good choice.

Journey – Considering that this fantastic downloadable title is frequently called out in the "games as art" debate, I knew it would be a prime candidate for my father's derision.

Scribblenauts Unlimited – I was curious to see what would come out of my dad's mind if he could create anything. Turns out he just hated everything about it.

Kinect Party – My dad hates moving around, and he also hates goofy stuff. I was sure he'd love this.

Yoga – I wanted to end this year's videos with a little curveball. Paul Ryckert hasn't exercised in a quarter of a century, and he's constantly made fun of me ever since I mentioned that I've been doing yoga. I wanted to see how he'd do in a class, so we brought cameras to Yoga Sol in Minneapolis.

Thanks to Jason Oestreicher for the awesome work on the game videos and Ben Hanson for dealing with my dad's dumb ass during yoga. He'll be back next year for more stupid fun.