Games can be exciting, frustrating, or a hell of a good time. No matter the experience, gaming gives us memories that last a lifetime. Some of us are lucky enough to share those memories with a loved one, even after they have passed. Deadmanx132489, who lost his gaming partner and father, shared with Reddit today his story.
“My father passed away 4 months ago,” he relates. “Growing up we would play Crash Team Racing together for years every night. When his health declined him and I would take turns playing The Last of Us. After he passed I wrote Naughty Dog a letter thanking them for their games. They send me this 3 months later…”
The letter reads:
Thank you so much for writing to us and sharing your story. I can’t begin to tell you how much it touched our hearts here at Naughty Dog. And knowing how involved our games were with you and your father is amazing to hear.
Stories like yours are the reason why we work so hard to make great games, and reading that The Last of Us changed your life is inspiring. When I read that you felt you were with your father again while playing it, it nearly drove me to tears. I can’t imagine the pain you went through these last several months, but I’m touched that we’ve been able to help you get through it.
Please enjoy these items being sent over for you. We hope you like them and hope your continued support of our games carries on. When you receive this, please send me an email with your shirt size, I’d love to send some shirts. Thank you again for writing in ____ you’re a true inspiration for all of us!
There are millions of players who find so much inspiration in the games they share with friends, with family, even with just themselves. Seeing players and game creators genuinely connecting, thanking each other for their mutual passion, is always at the heart of this industry.