I bought the Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom almost immediately, and my teenage son quickly showed interest in the game. He played Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild extensively, and got to the point where he could beat the game quite quickly. In fact, we streamed it once.
Moving Away From Zelda
Eventually, my son claimed to grow out of Zelda. I encouraged him to play Skyward Sword or Links Awakening, on the Switch. He had no interest in any of them. Over time, he migrated to more adult-themed games, such as Call of Duty (COD). I used COD themes as a jumping off point to talk about history. The vast majority of the COD games took place during World War II (WWII).
Playing first-person shooter (FPS) games, he just had no interest when “Tears of the Kingdom” was set for release. This was ironic too, because he was waiting for the game only a year prior.
So, I bought the game for myself. …And no, I have not tortured any Koroks!
To my surprise, he saw me playing Zelda and asked if he could try it. Naturally, I said, “sure.”
For years we were very close. In fact, for some time, we raced RC Cars on a weekly basis at my friend’s track.
As my son has gotten older, I knew that our relationship would change, but I can’t say that I was ready for it.
As a teenager, he has his own interests, and other than required father/son dialog to keep a teenage kid on the right track, we have not communicated as much as I would like…until now.
Coming Back to Zelda
Now we have something new to bond over, and I couldn’t be happier. We have a friendly rivalry going on. He’s a bit further along in the game than me. I have been struggling to keep up with him. We only have one copy of the game, so we need to play at different times.
The best parts about this whole journey are the discussions. I never would have thought that a video game would give us something we could collectively discuss, and bond over.