Often, when we’re going through difficult times, we turn to games for escape or distraction. There’s nothing wrong with that, so long as we do it in healthy moderation, but sometimes escape isn’t enough. Video games can be a comfort, but more than that, they can be a point of connection.
Writing for Polygon, Jeff Ramos shares how Destiny helped during one of the most difficult periods of his life. The support of his fireteam, a group of close friends that no longer lived nearby, was something he could rely on.
Your world comes apart. Your entire reality shifts. And then you look out the window and see the people driving to work as if everything was OK.
It was the first time in my life where I had no idea what to do.
I needed support. I needed to hear friendly voices. I needed to be surrounded by people I trust. That was my fireteam. They had been with me for the whole experience, talking to me every night. I needed them.
It’s important to understand the value of the people in the games you love. Games can be a hobby, sure, but they’re also a place for us to gather and share ourselves. Bonds form, and they strengthen with time. Don’t let anyone tell you they aren’t real just because they were forged across a game. Accept your love when you can find it, and send it using the means you feel most comfortable. And games are wonderful for that.
Whether you play with close local friends or people you only know online, whether you’re in a guild or clan, or on a Discord channel, gaming with others can be a huge source of support. Head on over to Polygon for the rest of Ramos’s story and a good reminder of the value games bring to our lives.