Who knew video games could serve as vessels for life teachings? I mean, I personally did, but I'm sure many would be surprised by the depth that some games possess. And just like our own fathers, some life lessons can be taught by various paternal figures in video games too. After all, they've lived through some pretty fantastical struggles, so I'm pretty sure they have their fair share of wisdom to impart.

Here are some of the wisest video game Dad life lessons that we think could inspire you:

1. "Do not be sorry; be better."

- Kratos, God of War (2018)

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Who could forget this line that so clearly illustrates the hardened Greek god Daddy? Kratos' tough love towards his only son Atreus may be intimidating at times, but it's hard to refute his lesson: there's no point wallowing in guilt when you've made a mistake. You can't change the past, but what you have control over, is learning from your wrongdoings to "be better".

2. "Every man has a right to change, a chance of forgiveness."

- John Marston, Red Dead Redemption

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The former cowboy outlaw is the imperfect father and husband - he initially escaped his responsibilities, afraid to repent for his errors, and had no clue how to connect with his son. Despite John's mistakes, his wife Abigail gave him a chance to prove himself, and he turned everything around to earn her forgiveness. In the end, he became an exemplary family man that did everything he could to keep his family safe

3. “I’ve struggled a long time with survivin’, but no matter what, you have to find something to fight for.”

- Joel Miller, The Last of Us

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You don't need to live in a post-apocalyptic world like Joel to know that it's not enough just making sure we stay alive; we should take full advantage of the life we've been given and live it to the fullest. It doesn't necessarily have to be as deep as "finding our purpose in life" (which can be tough), it can be as simple as taking part in activities that fulfil our soul, or even contributing to mankind in our own small ways. Whatever we do, just know that life is more than what we're taught.

4. "A famous explorer once said, that the extraordinary is in what we do, not who we are."

- Lara Croft/Richard Croft, Tomb Raider (2013)

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Richard Croft. (Image credit: Fandom)

The aforementioned famous explorer is none other than Lara's missing father, Richard Croft. Though he was largely absent from her life, his words set a precedent for Lara to live up to. From surviving horrendous injuries and fending for herself on the deserted island, Lara's efforts to persevere transformed the timid, unsure woman into the confident tomb raider we all know and admire. To cite another quote from Batman Begins, "It's not who you are underneath, but what you do that defines you."

5. "In our struggle to survive the present, we push the future farther away."

- Big Boss (Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain)

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It's easy to forget what we're working towards when we're so invested in fixing everything that's happening in the moment. We've always been taught to either work for the future or live in the present, but like everything else, there needs to be a balance. It's essential for us to focus in the current time so that we don't miss out on life, but it's also important to think ahead, be prepared for what's coming, and do what we can to ensure our future is bright.

What other wisdoms have you gotten from other father figures in video games? Let us know in the comments and enlighten us!

Many were turned off by The Last Of Us Part 2 due to leaked story spoilers, but the highly-anticipated Naughty Dog game still emerged as the fastest-selling PS4 game of all time, evidenced by 4 million copies sold in the first three days of its release.

In the midst of its seemingly-polarising reviews amidst players (no thanks to the recent review bombing of TLOU2 on Metacritic), two things are certain: TLOU2's ingenious accessibility features allow gamers to enjoy it however they want, not to mention a technical marvel that pushes the boundaries of narrative storytelling.

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Here are some ways to fully awash yourself in the TLOU2's groundbreaking innovations, and dive deeper into the PS4 survival adventure experience:

1. Listen to the world closely

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Although it's tempting to sit back and enjoy TLOU2 with the subpar audio quality of modern TVs, we recommend taking it a step further: play with headphones on. Naughty Dog has crafted one of the most amazing and intimate sound designs in a game with TLOU2, so much so that it's almost a crime to relish such a gift without immersing yourself in it with earphones. Equipped with any plugged-in audio device, you'll be in Ellie's shoes gaping at the sound of birds chirping from left to right or the padded footfalls of Ellie stepping on snow. Yet, you'd also be terrified by the ambushing Stalker from behind or the snarl of Runner hordes all around you. It's simply the most immersive way to enjoy TLOU2.

If you're planning to tackle the series' signature Grounded mode (the hardest difficulty with no HUD and Listen Mode), earphones will also be your best friend in overcoming the challenging journey.

2. Just the way you like it

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Did you know that you can tweak the difficulty of five different aspects in-game? Apart from the standard selection, Naughty Dog went deeper and inserted specific difficulty options for players to adjust, which include Player, Enemies, Allies, Stealth and Resource. Modifying each of them would affect only that sole aspect of the game, which means you can tailor it to a gaming experience that's fully suited to your idea of fun. You can also remap the control inputs to your preference.

Fun fact: Shadow of the Tomb Raider also had the same option for players, allowing them to change the toughness of Combat, Exploration and Puzzles.

If you think these were detailed enough, there's actually even more choices that we didn't mention! You need only explore TLOU2's Settings section and find out what else you can change, which brings us to...

3. No one left behind

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Most of us may have functional relevant body parts to play games, but not everyone is as fortunate. However, in TLOU2, no gamer is excluded from gorging on the beauty and thrills the post-apocalyptic PS4 exclusive. Featuring the most comprehensive accessibility selection yet, Playstation explained that there are "more than 60 accessibility settings, with expanded options focused on fine-motor and hearing, as well as completely new features that benefit low-vision and blind players."

Even if you have no problems playing the game, you can still make use of its features to ease your experience. One of this writer's personal favourites is enabling Auto Pick-up, which lets you automatically loot resources without the tedium of mashing the triangle button.

4. Appreciate the little things

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It's easy to feel down in the dark, cold world of TLOU2, especially when it centres on themes of vengeance, hate and the consequences of violence. However, there are plenty of things in the game to be amazed at amongst the dirt, and it helps to appreciate those little wondrous moments or details to pull through finishing the game. Whether it's admiring the impressive graphics of water streaming down Ellie's coat (during the game's fluid, yet brutal combat) or basking in the gorgeously detailed Seattle; it helps to have feelings of gratitude to finish the game's heavy plot.

Another tip on taking a step further, why not use Photo Mode more often? It's a game filled with intriguing atmosphere and scenery, not to mention that the action is oh so cinematic worthy of a film poster, so there are plenty of chances to take an awesome screenshot and show it off on social media. Treat it as little breaks from TLOU2's bleakness.

5. Keep an open mind

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Got your expectations soured by the Metacritic review bombing of TLOU2? This fact might bring some comfort to you: four days after release (24 June), Inverse noted that TLOU2's 4.1 user score was most likely attributed by fans who hated the game without finishing it, so it's fair to assume they were bitter by the leaked plot, intending to punish the series. As of 1 July, TLOU2's user score went up to 4.9 on Metacritic, which is a good sign, right? (Avoid reading the reviews as they may contain spoilers)

Thus, we suggest going in TLOU2 with an open mind. The leaked story details may sound baffling, but it's merely one segment of a 20-hour campaign; good stories need time and nuance to be told well, and Naughty Dog have proven time and time again that they are worthy storytellers.

What accessibility features did you enable for your TLOU2 gaming sessions? Let us know in the comments and share your wisdom with fellow fans.

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