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Growing up with a real monster – video game tells one boy’s story

It was video games that helped Vander Caballero survive his childhood.

“When I played games, I felt I was in control and that I was protected,” Caballero, a game designer who has worked on big titles such as “Army of Two” and “Need for Speed,” told me.

What did the young Caballero need protection from? His volatile, alcoholic father.

Caballero is the creator of the game “Papo & Yo” — a puzzle-filled adventure game coming to the PlayStation Network next week. On its surface “Papo & Yo” is a game in which a young boy and his best friend named Monster must navigate a surreal world, solving puzzles as they go.

But Monster is, as his name suggests, a monster with a sharp horn and immense power. More importantly, Monster has an addiction to poisonous frogs. When he eats these frogs he is utterly transformed — just as Caballero’s father was when he drank.

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