June 5, 2011 3:50 PM | Cassandra Khaw
Substance abuse can be a terrible thing. It's even worse when it's present within a parent because really, there's nothing quite like losing that final bastion of support. After all, we've been indoctrinated to believe that parents are the ones you run to, the ones that will be there for you when the rest of the world has abandoned you. What can be worse then making that source of comfort the very origins of your despair? Musings aside, I was actually a little surprised to see a game like Papa & Yo showing up on the Playstation Blog. In the introductory article, Creative Director Vander Caballero explains how Papa & Yo serves as an euphemism for his childhood experiences.
He said, "Well, the tale told in Papa & Yo is about myself and my father, a good man but also an evil one. Like many, he used alcohol and drugs to cope with a challenging life, and I was caught in the middle of it. The emotional core of this game is ultimately a fable about my relationship with my father."
Fable is definitely a good word for it. Instead of a flawed parental figure, we have instead a 'best friend and protector' named Monster. It's a beast that cares deeply for the protagonist Quico but transforms into a ravenous abomination whenever it consumes poisonous frogs. The message isn't particularly subtle but it tugs heavily on my heart strings. Papa & Yo's main story revolves around Quico's attempt at curing his best friend, a thought that must have crossed Caballero's mind a million times as a child. I also can't help but wonder what other elements drew inspiration from his past and where the divide between fact and fiction exists.
The game will be making its debut at E3 this year so do expect a hands-on impression once I've muscled my way through the lines to take a look at it.
P.S: Since I'll be on the show floor making my rounds, feel free to e-mail me to let me know about YOUR game if you're going to be there or if there's any game in particular that you'd like to see previewed!
Official website can be found here.