03-04-2012 07:20 AM
I was very much a casual gamer in my youth, owning and playing only a few games here and there. That changed in the winter of 2009, when I was injured and began having trouble moving. I went to several doctors, each with a different diagnosis, but so far no one has been able to help me. Even now, with my back and legs in terrible shape, no one can seem to find out what's wrong with me.
However, rather than slip into a depression, I turned to video games to help me cope. I had had my PS3 for a little over a year, but only possessed a handful of games. That soon changed and I found myself enjoying everything from Grand Theft Auto IV to Resistance, Killzone to Borderlands. I devoured each new game, happy to immerse myself in the worlds they created. With my legs as bad as they are, I could never go on a quest for treasure, but Nathan Drake showed me just how fun and dangerous it could be. I learned the horrors of traveling to the Ishimura, the thrill of storming the beaches of Helghan, and what it felt like to tear down the heavens on Mt. Olympus. Gaming took me to places I couldn't go, not just because they were fictional, but because I knew that just stepping outside could be an absolute chore.
Video Games have allowed me to run, jump, and fight my way through their worlds. You don't understand what that means until you start to lose the ability to do so in real life. While some days are better than others, most are absolutely terrible. Still, as long as I have games, I know that I can still accomplish the objectives that I couldn't in reality. Whether I'm taking down the Joker, stealing back the Thievius Racconus, or battling the evils of the Archedemon, I'm there, in the action.
For me and others like me, that's enough. That's exactly what we need.
03-05-2012 09:54 AM
Being an individual who deals with chronic pain, I understand entirely what you're going through. Without video games in general, I'd've long ago slid into a suicidal depression from the pain.
03-05-2012 02:32 PM
I know, right? My friends were so surprised when I started becoming more of a gamer. Before, I was the least likely person to delve into that world. Now I've got 80+ games, not counting all the downloadable titles. The games definitely got me through some rough patches.
03-05-2012 04:02 PM
I have to say I feel the same way. Video Games bring that alternate reality to those who can't actually live it. I wanna go along with what you're saying =) I can't actually climb a building in Florence, I can barely do a few pull ups! but that's what Assassin's Creed is there for. If I were cast out into he Zombie Armageddon I would surely get infected first, but in Dead Rising 2, orange juice heals my wounds and killer bozing gloves help me destroy zombies . Do you really think I can go to New Zealand or Antarctica to see the Aurora Borealis? Nope, but I can in Skyrim and the experience is just as breathtaking.
You could say I'm a hardcore gamer, I have a lot of games, but growing up I didn't have more than 10 and I didn't even know the Playstation existed until I got a PS2 (still no more than 10 games at that). So don't feel left out in that department. I also had a major kidney malfunction while I was vacationing in Maine, as soon as I got back I booted up God of War III and beat Titan mode. Video games are always there to cheer me up. Look out for Journey tomorrow, I'm sure that'd be a great addition to add to your library
03-05-2012 04:12 PM
Heh, I'm still sore at Assassin's Creed II for glitching me out of a story trophy. So wanted that Platinum, would have brought me to 22. Still, I did love sneaking up on people and delivering justice.
I sincerely hope you've gotten the problems with your kidney sorted out. My girlfriend's brother has had kidney problems most of his life so I've seen firsthand just how terrible that can be and what it can suck out of you. I can only hope you're, at the very least, on your way to getting back to 100%.
And as for Journey, I've been waiting for that game since I was lucky enough to try the (sadly too short) beta. If I could have, I would have danced when I heard that it was coming out a week early for PS Plus members.
03-05-2012 04:32 PM
Thank you, I'm happy to tell you that I'm 100% in my (kidney) health. It was terrible at first because I didn't know what the problem was, but I got fixed up at Children's Hospital in Boston and everything was all right. You could always go and try for the AC rev plat which I got. Brotherhood was too hard for me (multiplayer trophies). If it makes you feel any better, I didn't get the last trophy for portal 2 because my buddy goofed up and died during course 4. I wasn't a pretty sight, I can assure you
Ah, yes, I've saved a special place in my wallet for Journey for months! I'm so happy we get it tomorrow ^__^ I was estatic knowing that Plus users get it 1 week early. I'll even buy the soundtrack when it comes out, the trailer felt so soothing.
03-05-2012 04:37 PM
I suck at the Portal games. I love them, but they destroy me each time. I got about two seconds into the co-op campaign of Portal 2 before my girlfriend looked at me with the fish eyes and said she wasn't feeling it. Sadly, I haven't went back to it since. Probably won't for a little bit since both Journey and Mass Effect 3 are coming out tomorrow. It's like Christmas in March for me with those two games.
03-07-2012 03:26 PM
This is a great post. While I don't have the same disability, I see where you're coming from. If you have anything more you want to add to your post, feel free, as I recently upped the character limit.
03-08-2012 10:18 AM
Thanks for saying so. It's nice to hear from some of the others that I'm not the only one who's got it harder than usual. It really does create this sense of a great community of, not just gamers, but regular people as well. It's good to know that we can all stick together.
I'm going through a pretty rough day today, but I'm looking forward to trying out Asura's Wrath as soon as I can. I've been aching to play that since I saw the first trailer. It looks so crazy. And let's not forget Journey. I just gotta get enough funds and then I'm gonna download that bad boy.
03-14-2012 12:27 PM
So I just got back from another doctor that said he couldn't do anything for me. Bummed out, but I'm thinking of popping in Asura's Wrath pretty soon and just wreaking some havoc. Or maybe Syndicate. I already tore through Mass Effect 3 and, despite what everyone else is saying about the ending, I enjoyed the hell out of it. Definitely a game that doesn't feed you the ending, which is something that I really liked.
Anyone else finish Mass Effect 3? If so, love it? Hate it?