I play video games because I love to play the hero, to go out into the world and make decisions that will help people, fight battles that will save lives, and take the power to do good into my own hands. I’m not particularly strong or tall, I’m not fearless, and I don’t know how to use a sword. When I play video games, I can be strong, brave, and capable. I can do all the things I ordinarily cannot. I’d say there are a lot of people who play this way.
I’d never before imagined just how powerful this freedom could be.
She’s 13 years old, and she’s got a degenerative disease that prevents her from being able to walk very far, without any available cure. She uses a golem to get around by riding on its shoulders and she’s a fearless little scrap. From what I’ve seen, she’s gathered a bit of a fan club, too.
But she has no fan more special than a player named Christina. She wrote a letter in the forums to the developers of Taimi’s character, which I saw a link to on the Guild Wars 2 Facebook page. This is the link. You should read it for yourself, it is absolutely heart-warming.
Anyways, Christina has multiple sclerosis and has difficulties walking around. Just like Taimi. So for her, seeing this disabled but so very clearly capable character, I think you can imagine how special that must be.
She has such a precious and rare connection with Taimi, and to see that she can still get around in the world, even though her legs don’t work quite right, well, that has to be the ultimate video game freedom.
It’s such an inspiring tale, both to think of the empowerment on Christina’s end, to know that there’s a hero out there just like her, and the pride on the creators’ end, to know that they’ve touched someone’s heart so deeply. It’s incredible, the impact that video games–or any story at all–can have on a person’s life.
Are there any heroes out there just like you?
May you find in your life someone so inspiring and dear to your heart.