You know how a lot of geeks have this one story of what "saved" them? Well, Overwatch is mine (Together with Lego). I have never loved a game this much. I have never allowed a game to consume my life this way (in a healthy manner, of course). I thought Crash Bandicoot & Call of Duty were my addictions. I was so wrong. Overwatch definitely takes up more than 50% of my thoughts. If I could only live and breathe this game, I would... Hahaha.
Anyways, it's been 3 years and i felt like it was time to make a lengthy and "profound" post about the game that saved me from depression, anxiety, and hopelessness. Cool, huh? A game can actually create awesome impact in a person's life.
Back then, when I started Overwatch, I was in a major funk. I had no idea who my friends were. I was spiralling down into depression. I hated my job. I had no clue what I was meant to be doing with my life. I got the game because I saw Bastion and I fell in love with her. Next thing, I know, I had new friends. Strangers became friends because we would talk about Overwatch all the time. I had something to go home too. Today, I gained a best friend because of the game. I'm invited to the wedding of one of my Overwatch friends. The list goes on.
So, there's a song by Nerdout! called "Be The Hero". It goes, "Earn your place up on the posters. Just one man and his controller. Be the hero that you are, put the world up on your shoulders." Thing is, a lot of us find a lot of answers through our games (or anything under our geek culture). We fall in love with our characters because of their stories. We choose our mains because for a bit of time, we are heroes. For a tiny bit of time, within the 24 hours of the day, we mean more than we think we do. The thing about Overwatch is the game is really about teamwork. So, when your team realizes they can depend on you as a support / healer, you have some sort of purpose. I guess, this opened up my mind about a lot of other things and eventually, things fell in to place. Deep huh?
Overwatch is now part of me, just like the millions of players who have found some kind of meaning through the game. No, I'm not a pro-player with the game. I don't have a gaming channel, but damn, this game gave me A LIFE. It gave me experiences that are irreplaceable. It has created memories that remind me how awesome life is. Yes, the game can be salty and toxic, but when you're playing with people who love it as much as you? It's ALL good.
After 3 years, I've collected a whole bunch of Overwatch stuff because yup, Overwatch is part of who I am. D.VA is the gamer girl in me. Lucio is the hopeful support in me. Junkrat is the naughty and rowdy side of me. Yah, through these characters that I love so much, I become my own little hero - and i most definitely believe it, because I can play them damn well. I can defend, support, and attack with everything in me. In real life, same thing.
Here's to 3 years of Overwatch! *cling clang*