For most people, video games are either a form of entertainment or even an artform. For one son, it’s a way to connect with his deceased father. You see, many racing games will record the fastest lap on a track as a “ghost”. This allows a player to constantly try to race faster than their best lap. When this young man was 4, he played Rally Sports Challenge with his father. His dad was taken away from him when he was just 6 years old. He stopped playing the Xbox they used to enjoy together, as it was too painful. However, a decade of healing later, he was willing to dust it off and try to play again. What he found was his dad’s ghost record on a track, allowing him to play with his father again. You can read his entire account below. I must warn you though, it might make you sad, so don’t read it unless you’re willing to tear up a little.
“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.
Through an old game, this teenager found a way to continue playing games with his father, long gone. Sometimes, video games can be much more than a simple source of entertainment.