Video games get a lot of praise for being a lot of things. First, they’re praised for being fun. Second, they’re sometimes referred to as art, which is high praise indeed. Third, they’re heralded as technological achievements. But sometimes, they can even be a force for good, and a source of healing to someone who is going through the worst parts of their life. For one World of Warcraft player, that’s exactly what the MMORPG did for them.
This is the tale of Reddit user greyfoggydaynl. We won’t go into full details, mainly because his story is something you honestly should read for yourselves, but the tame version is that they lost someone very close to them, and that caused them to go into a severe depression. Fortunately, they pulled themselves out of it, and began to do things to help bring them to a better place. That included playing World of Warcraft for the first time in a while, the effect was near instantaneous:
“Going through Elwynn Forest for the first time in ages put a massive smile on my face, and I stayed smiling for hours.”
As they continued to play, not only did they get nostalgic for the previous adventures they had in Azeroth, but they began to smile much more than had happened in the last long while. Now, they mention that they are still not happy with their life right now, however, they admit that World of Warcraft brings them a pleasure that few other things bring them right now, and that’s worth noting.
So, there you have it, a video game has helped someone on the brink, and that’s a beautiful thing. Has a video game ever helped you during a dark period of your life? Let us know in the comments below.