Reddit user BatGasmBegins has used the platform to tell a tragic story, whilst also highlighting the positive and significant effect of video games on people’s lives. In this particular heartbreaking case, the popular shooter Overwatch is the center of attention as the catalyst that brought two brothers together one last time before tragedy struck.
Growing up as fans of Blizzard games and effectively skipping the PlayStation, GameCube and Dreamcast era, BatGasmBegins and his brother Royce spent their days playing Diablo I and II, Warcraft III and others that the gaming giants had to offer. Sadly, Royce passed away on February 5th, 2017, having battled a drug addiction for several years. Until the day he died, Royce played Blizzard games actively wherever possible.
The post details a number of issues regarding their upbringing and what difficulties ensued, yet they were brought together once more shortly before his death.
My brother was now living downtown at a homeless shelter. He would play the free Blizzard games, and WoW when he could afford it on his laptop at the library until they kicked him out. He hadn’t played Overwatch yet….
The rest of the night was filled with Overwatch and Blizzard games galore! I got to hang out with him again on Christmas and shortly after he was able to purchase the game.
The post continues from here to outline the brother’s natural gaming skills and that he had always managed to best BatGasmBegins at whatever he played.
I still have our last games recorded. The last thing he ever heard me say to him was, “Hey can you log onto HotS and grind out Oni Genji for me?”
Its a wonderful thing that this user can use a platform such as Reddit to tell such a powerful story. If you have the time, head to Reddit to check out the full post. And always remember: Heroes Never Die!