10-21-2012 10:17 AM - edited 10-21-2012 10:34 AM
Only my second time posting in the Playstation forums, so I would like to say a small "Hello!" before I share my story.
This is only a small story from my life. I do not think it will mean as much to others, but please give it a read.
(Please excuse my grammar and/or storytelling, English is not my first language.)
When I was in highschool, I had to move back to my home country. I was being constantly harassed, and became very antisocial because of it.. Due to being raised in America though, Asian culture was also very alien to me, so I just didn't know how to talk to other people. I didn't have anyone to talk to.
The next year, the game 'Persona 3 Portable' released, I had been waiting for it for quite a while. When I finally got my copy, I became entranced by the characters, the setting, the gameplay... Everything. Every day, I waited out the long 11 hours of school just to get home and play P3P. It was the school life I had wished to have, but didn't. I would indulge myself, making 'Social Links', growing bonds with the characters.
I completed it over the summer.
After summer break, I met a few other people that played games. It was awkward, but we had something in common, and became friends. I eventually introduced them all to P3P. They loved it. We would have daily meet ups as to where we were in the game, which strategies worked best on which bosses, and of course.. How to conquer the guys and girls we liked best. Persona 4 the Animation started airing the next year and we all watched it together every week. It was like being part of my own SEES or Investigation Team.
This year, I got my own PSVita. I had been saving up for it ever since they announced Persona 4 the Golden. I have friends now, almost all really like Persona too! Lots of my juniors have also been asking to borrow my Persona 4 the Animation collection, and my copy of Persona 3 Portable. I've still never lent it to anyone, despite having completed it 7 times. It's too special for me to lend out.
Sometimes I look back, thinking how I could have turned out had I not played the game..
Because of Persona, I enjoyed my last years in highschool.
I want to thank Atlus and Sony for the wonderful experience.
And thank you to anyone who read my story. :