This is Tyler.
Tyler is nine years old and is the eldest son of Erin and Joe [Joe previously seen here]:
While playing Nazi zombies with Joe and the guys on XBOX live over the last few months I would frequently hear Joe say things like, “Hey Ty, wanna’ grab me a snack?” followed soon by, “Heeey, thanks, buddy!” So we knew Tyler was watching his father play this incredibly violent video game – but it’s cool, Tyler’s a bright kid and isn’t going to be emotionally scarred by what he sees.
There are certain phrases that we get used to using while slaying the undead. If we have a gun (the shotgun, for example) that is no longer effective, most of us will say, “I’m going to the box!” [The "box" is where we can trade and purchase other guns]. When Joe is done with his gun, his method of saying “I’m going to the box” is frequently “I’m going to get rid of this shotgun”. When we play a game where things go awry, we all die super early, and we get sent back to the main menu, Joe will often let out a basic statement: “That sucked”. Matter of factly.
A big part of the game is making sure you have the proper guns (My favorite is the MG42 – it’s AWESOME!). The gun box distributes our weaponry randomly (I think? We haven’t found a way to get the weapons we need on demand). Anyway, when Joe gets a gun that he likes and the kid is nearby we will hear, “Look what I got, Ty!”
So Tyler got an XBOX 360 of his own in his room apparently, and I shot up some zombies with him yesterday.
I spent a healthy portion of my time laughing.
It was just Tyler and I as opposed to the ideal 4 person team. We played the new board, “Der Riese” a few times. The first time we played that we didn’t get past round three I heard:
Tyler [matter of factly]: That sucked.
It’s almost as if he was the Pinnochio to Joe’s Geppetto. It was ridiculous! There was more.
Tyler: I’m gonna’ get rid of this BAR [machine gun].
Now Tyler has a little brother Mason. No, he didn’t ask Mason to get him a snack…yet, but I did hear:
Tyler: Hey Ma[son], look what I got! It’s the Browning.
We didn’t get farther than round eleven yesterday, but I need to get to at least round thirteen with him. Somehow he and Jeremy got to round 12 and they both had friggin’ sniper rifles. I must do better than Jeremy. Tyler – we’re going to hit round 20, darnit.
The Cat’s in the Cradle with the PPSH,