The impact of video games on one’s life is something that should never be underestimated. For many, it provides a necessary outlet from everyday reality, and that is no more true than the player we will be discussing today.
This story was brought to light by Reddit user LucentBeam8MP, who took to the social media platform to recall how he’d helped a man through very a difficult time in his life, and emphasises that the Bungie shooter Destiny should be praised for doing so.
LucentBeam8MP reveals that one of the most rewarding things to do is something known as the Tower Challenge. This entails finding a low light level player in the Tower and encouraging them to join you to take part in a raid or a Nightfall. LucentBeam8MP sent out the following message after finding someone to join:
The player joining turned out to be a retired man, who had yet to indulge in any Nightfalls or raids, and had mostly played the game solo up until recently. After putting 600+ hours into Destiny, the man was still somewhat new to the online aspect of the game, unaware of traits such as weekly resets, and was unsure what the names of his subclasses or damage types were. Though he did solve the Sleeper Simulant puzzle by himself, using the process of elimination over the course of a few days, which certainly takes dedication.
He had recently got his hands on a microphone to use and made friends with another older player, who had begun teaching him about infusions. He described Destiny as the most complex and interesting game that he had ever played, but what he went on to reveal to LucentBeam8MP next will surely make anyone appreciate the power that Destiny can bring to its players.
Whilst on the Moon waiting to complete his Ikelos Fusion Core, the man tells LucentBeam8MP:
Yeah, this game has actually kind of saved my life. My wife passed away Christmas 2014. And I’m raising my 11 year old granddaughter. All my family has already passed away. My son passed away 9 months later. I’m retired, so this game keeps my mind pretty sharp. I mean, I feel like I live here. I have lucid dreams about being here. And those are really exciting. Most exciting times of my life being in here.
The user who posted the story goes on to express the joy in Destiny’s existence, and hopes the man will be joining in future raids with friends.
This goes to show the potential magnitude of a game such as Destiny that can help people’s lives for the better. As for the Reddit user that invited the man to play, we salute you.