A Man And His 3 Year Old Daughter Play Dark Souls II. It's The Cutest Thing Ever.

Lance E. McDonald is the Australian developer currently working on Black Annex, but he's also a father to Penny, a three year old girl. Together they are playing through Dark Souls II and it might be the cutest thing ever.

"Do you want to play as a boy or a girl?"
"A girl."
"What do you want her name to be?"
"A lady."

Oh man, this is just gold, solid gold. My heart is melting.

"What do you want to do?"
"Smash the monsters!"

Sure, you could make an argument that a three year old girl shouldn't be watching or playing Dark Souls II, but in this case I totally want to make an exception, because well... this just all seems so gloriously innocent.

I've started watching this, and now I can't stop.

For those wary of spoilers, this video in particular only covers up to the first boss battle, mainly because — as Lance tells it — they had to stop for a toilet break. When asked whether the break was for him or Penny he refused to elaborate.


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    When asked whether the break was for him or Penny he refused to elaborate.

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    I cringed when the player stabbed and killed the mob. I can't fathom the thought of me allowing someone so young to watch this.

      It's weird how it works - my son loves to watch me play Dark Souls, nothing pleases him more. He gets so excited by every fight, bosses that psyche me out only make him laugh.

      Yet give that kid Ni No Kuni - a game
      I let him play - and he will be freaked the fuck out by it like nothing I've ever seen.

      Point is, the kids loving it and you'll never predict what a kid will love. Regardless of whether you agree with her love of it or not, she's happy. As the parent, that's enough for me to ignore the downsides - which there are more than likely none.

    I let my 3yo son watch about 3 minutes of Dark Souls I, where I avoided the areas with enemies and only smashed some pots and boxes. He then spent the next week talking about "pilling" bad guys by bashing them with his "pilling stick". I didn't let him watch again...

    Oddly enough, the Dark Souls series aren't actually that violent. Yeah, you die and kill a lot but there's no blood or decapitation. A bit of disturbing imagery but not really all that violent.

    If your child can handle the big bad wolf, then I don't see how Dark Souls is any different.

      Are you a parent? Not being flippant, just want to know where you're coming from.

      There's several ways in which violent imagery could potentially be harmful to a young child. It can be emotionally traumatic and give them nightmares/phobias. It can also lead to mimicry, children learn by copying what they see - show a kid how to whack people with a sword and they'll start whacking other kids with sticks, guaranteed. Finally it can normalise something which a well adjusted person shouldn't feel comfortable with. If a child is raised with lots of violence around them, then that influences their expectation for how interactions and the world in general work.

      Children are complicated and it's hard to know what will effect them, but I don't think Dark Souls is quite as innocuous as the Big Bad Wolf.

      I like playing video games with my kids, and by the happy sounds of Lance's daughter I don't think there's necessarily any real harm being done. But I don't think it's generally a good idea to let a child see that much trivialised killing at such a impressionable age.

        Mimicry and sibling injury are why Doctor Who and Ninja Turtles got banned by my parents.

          I get what you're saying, but I personally wouldn't let a 3 year old watch those shows either.

          My son would definitely copy all the Ninja Turtle fighting moves, but more worryingly, the space/time paradoxes in Doctor Who would keep my daughter up at night - "Daddy, how can it be bigger... on the inside?"

            you wont let your 3 year old watch TMNT? maybe not the 2003 series or the 90s movies, but even then, they aren't going to cause any harm, the new series is about as child friendly as a show can get.. I never understood this concept of sheltering kids, sure you don't sit them down and put on something like hardcore porn or a horror movie, but them watching you play Dark Souls or TMNT will not harm them.

              I don't know the new series, the one I know has lots of hitting and punching and kicking. My kids watch Peppa Pig and Peg + Cat, and they love it. Why would I put on a tv show that just has fighting in it, when they get more entertainment out of a show designed for kids their age and is filled with interesting lessons, morals and situations they can relate to? There'll be plenty of time for them to enjoy TMNT and Dark Souls when they're a bit older.

              I think you can over-shelter kids, but I think it's really silly to think that the concept of sheltering kids in general doesn't have some merits. Surely there's a grey area of content that might not be healthy for a 3 year old to regularly consume well before you personally draw the line at hardcore porn and horror movies?

                No Puck, I'm not a parent. So you are correct my opinion might mean nothing to certain people. But my parents raised me with 0 censorship. I was watching Pulp Fiction at the age of 8 and it did nothing to me, Alien at 5... again nothing, it's still one of my favourite films.

                I don't have mental issues, I didn't run around swearing, I didn't violently act out on my siblings. The nightly news is scarier then any video game and people still think that's E rated. It's not. I agree children shouldn't play games that are graphic and mimic real life (COD, BF, etc. etc.), but I don't understand how a child playing Dark Souls is any different to a child playing Lord of the Rings or Lego something or rather. It's all enacting violence on fictional, fantasy characters.

                I believe the main thing is to make sure you make your children aware of whats reality and whats not.

                  The thing is, 3 is a VERY different age to 5. Kids develop at different speeds, mentally and emotionally, but many kids cannot tell the difference between fantasy and reality at 3 years old. When my daughter was 3 she was asking me if cartoons were real, and when I said they weren't she didn't believe me. By the time she was 4 she understood the subtleties of saying something like "although the Wiggles are real people, and their names are actually Anthony and Murry etc, they are acting as characters in order to entertain children". That's a huge leap, from not understanding that a cartoon is real, to completely understanding what constitutes fiction vs non-fiction.

                  The amount of mental and emotional change that a child goes through during those years around the age of 3 can't be understated. Letting a child watch Pulp Fiction at 8 isn't really comparable - While it's probably inappropriate for that age, the impact it could potentially have is minimal compared to similarly inappropriate material you could expose a child to at 3.

                  That's where I'm coming from. I don't believe in overly censoring my children, and I'm probably going to let them play violent games well before I imagine my wife will be comfortable with it, but at an early developmental age, I believe it's my duty to manage their entertainment intake the same way I manage their diet - healthy and nutritious, with just a few treats every now and then.

                oh no! punching and kicking, whatever will we do, it's a wonder kids aren't running around kicking and punching everything they see.

                  Do you have kids, or is your opinion on what is appropriate for a 3 year old based on your memory of being that age? The impression I get from both you and @apexnull is that you're imagining a 5, 6, or 7 year old being told they're not allowed to watch their favourite show. A 3 year old likes watching cartoons about little kids losing their toys, and blowing bubbles, and going to the doctor for the first time. That's what they enjoy because that's what they know.

                  A 3 year old is not a 7 year old. A 3 year old is still learning how to talk. A 3 year old doesn't know what it means to die. I don't want my kids playing a game involving killing other people until they at least have a basic understanding of the concept of death, is that so conservative?

    Super cute, love how he constantly asks her what she wants him to do.

    I'd be more concerned with the grotesque monster models than the violence. There's some stuff there that would be nightmare fuel for children.

    My son use to watch me play GTA. He still thinks it is the most boring game ever made where you just drive around obeying the traffic laws and stopping for a burger now and again.......

      I want to see a short video series of this kind of thing. Skyrim as a game about flower-pressing. Fallout a game about cartography.

      (Though, hopefully you weren't playing GTA 5. Some of the conversations the pedestrians have on their mobile phones would make even ME blush.)

      Man, there was some typing adventure game back in the 90s I remember where one of the characters was explaining that their virtual reality programs would crash if you did something counter to the purpose of the program. Such as an exercise program where you stop at a convenience store to buy a candy bar. I need to try and find that one...

    That was absolutely delightful. It makes me kind of feel bad that I always take games at face value these days instead of looking at a world where the forest is in the little laundry, all the monsters are boys and if the monsters get it wrong when you try to teach them, they get smashed.

    No @Puck, I'm not a parent. So you are correct my opinion might mean nothing to certain people. But my parents raised me with 0 censorship. I was watching Pulp Fiction at the age of 8 and it did nothing to me, Alien at 5... again nothing, it's still one of my favourite films.

    I don't have mental issues, I didn't run around swearing, I didn't violently act out on my siblings. The nightly news is scarier then any video game and people still think that's E rated. It's not. I agree children shouldn't play games that are graphic and mimic real life (COD, BF, etc. etc.), but I don't understand how a child playing Dark Souls is any different to a child playing Lord of the Rings or Lego something or rather. It's all enacting violence on fictional, fantasy characters.

    I believe the main thing is to make sure you make your children aware of whats reality and whats not.

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