Wonderful article. When I hear/read people dismiss video games as a legitimate artistic medium, these are the kinds of stories that immediately come to mind.
Somewhere in between 2001 and 2003, just after I’d left high school, I fell into quite a severe depression. In retrospect, I should have told someone or done something about it, but at the time it felt overwhelming. Video games were, for a period of time, my only source of pleasure or escape from the darker corners of my mind. I would say that in a very real way, video games probably saved my life, and they continue to be a therapeutic tool of sorts for me.
Thanks for sharing this story, it was a pleasure to read.