Anyone who has ever spent some time with a controller in their hands knows that gaming has the power to bring people together to share precious moments with each other. Games have a unique ability to help us conjure up distant memories, effectively transporting us back in time even just for a brief moment. That’s exactly what happened in this touching story of a teenager who discovered his deceased father’s ghost in an Xbox rally racing game. According to this post on Yahoo Autos, YouTube commenter 00WARTHERAPY00 shared the following story about racing his father’s ghost in Xbox racer RalliSport Challenge a decade after he had passed away. The last line is particularly touching but I won’t spoil it for you.
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.
Doesn’t that just tug at your heart strings? Apparently many others think so too judging by the countless comments on various news articles and forum posts such as this. It’s a nice reminder of why so many of us play games in the first place, to have fun connecting with our friends and family. It’s also a great chance to remember to make the most of the precious time we have with our loved ones.