Wow, the feels! It's not often that I'm so moved by a story related to gaming, that I
flat out start tearing up need to inexplicably rub my eyes in order to flush out extraneous tears dust. Seriously though, this story is a beautiful one. And sure, it's the internet, so there is always a chance it might not be real, but a big part of me wants to believe.
In May of 2014, one of my favorite analytical YouTubers, PBS Game/Show put out a video asking if Video Games can be spiritual experiences, and as usual, asked people to comment if they ever had a spiritual experience while playing a game. Yahoo Motoramic has spotted a comment which moved a ton of readers by its response.
Here it is:
Well, when i was 4, my dad bought a trusty XBox. you know, the first, ruggedy, blocky one from 2001. we had tons and tons and tons of fun playing all kinds of games together – until he died, when i was just 6.
i couldnt touch that console for 10 years.
but once i did, i noticed something.
we used to play a racing game, Rally Sports Challenge. actually pretty awesome for the time it came.
and once i started meddling around… i found a GHOST.
you know, when a time race happens, that the fastest lap so far gets recorded as a ghost driver? yep, you guessed it – his ghost still rolls around the track today.
and so i played and played, and played, untill i was almost able to beat the ghost. until one day i got ahead of it, i surpassed it, and…
i stopped right in front of the finish line, just to ensure i wouldnt delete it.
Oh jeez, I need to grab a napkin.
The reason why this story seems to believable, is because ghost racers are a part of many racing titles, as they're usually the tool that help newer racers learn the race line, and push themselves to beat the time of the ghost. What's crazy in this instance is that this guy is literally racing his father's ghost. It's unbelievable, and beautiful.
The ending… Such feels, much tears, so ghost.