Posts in Stories
Jonathan's Story - Memories of Gaming

Jonathan grew up with games. And every step of the way, gaming was a way to stay connected with his brother, to learn, to grow, and to explore who he would become.

“Video games have and will continue to inspire and be nothing more than a positive force in one’s life, both cognitively and emotionally and, thankfully, the world is beginning to understand and come to terms with the fact.”

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Darien's Story - The Teachings of Games

Darien learned a lot from gaming. In his story, he reflects on everything that gaming has taught him from a very early age.

“Gaming has served a lot of roles in my life: a stress reliever, a competitive outlet, a social bonding mechanism, and just a way to have a good time. I’ve been gaming since I was about 7 years old and I can’t imagine myself not playing a game in at least some capacity even as I approach my mid-20’s.”

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Oliver's Story - Into the Great Wide Virtual Open

“Why gaming became a growing interest and is now a part of my life. In an open world game whether it is multiplayer or solo, it’s an escape. It began for me as a means to connect with my friends. I wanted to join them, be able to engage in their interests, and in the process enjoy a temporary leave from the real responsibilities of the world. I suppose you could say I didn’t want to be alone.”

In Oliver’s story, we hear how gaming was a way for him to be with and make new friends, to find camaraderie and even family in a virtual world.

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Liana's Story - Toy Story 2: Infinite Possibilities

In this story, Liana reflects on her love for Toy Story 2: Buzz Lightyear to the Rescue. “Video games have impacted my life in ways that I hadn’t previously thought. I’ve built skills, made connections, and explored. Every once in a while, I remember that child and her PlayStation, indulging in the adventures of Toy Story 2: Buzz Lightyear to the Rescue, and think, ‘Wow, we’ve both come so far.’”

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Mehmet's Story - Gaming and Its Influence on My Life

Gaming forces the world around us to melt away, bringing us closer to imaginary lands, peoples, challenges, and adventures. The only things left are you, the controller, and the friends you’re with. In his story, Mehmet talks about the progression from Final Fantasy VII to Diablo 2 and beyond, how each was a connection to his brother, a way to relieve stress, and a key to growing up happy.

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