Guys, I think I had my first major breakthrough of 2018. And, of course, I have a video game to thank for it.
You ever meet someone so vile that something they obsessed over repulsed you simply because it reminded you of them? It just leaves a bitter taste in your mouth whenever you see advertisements or posts about whatever it is?
For me, that person was a girl that was, in a way, a huge part of my life. And not in the nicest of ways. She lied all the time and messed with my emotions like it was a game, so obviously I wouldn’t get super into the video game that she obsessed over. Not when it reminded me of so many bad memories with her.
But after getting a PlayStation 4 from my brother after he had gotten a PS4 Pro for Christmas and not having many games in my library yet, I decided to finally give the aforementioned video game a chance… Life is Strange.
Oh no, I’m not calling life strange – although it totally is – that’s the title.
Honestly, I had been thinking about giving Life is Strange another try for a while now. A choice-based game with LGBT themes and female leads? Sign me up! But… I had always been discouraged because I didn’t want to think about her. I wanted the bad memories to stay in the past, and for me to be concerned about them floating back up was enough for me to know that it would be a bad idea. Except the possibility of missing out on a good game because of someone that is no longer in my life seemed too ridiculous. And it was ridiculous, because I ended up LOVING Life is Strange so much.
The characters and story were amazing, though I’m sure there is always something we players would like to change (which there definitely is). I realized just how much I had been missing out on something that I would have gotten super interested in if I had just given it a chance, and how childish it was for me to not give it a chance simply because of an experience with one bad person.
Sometimes we push ourselves away from nice things – be it just a video game or something much greater – just because we connect them with bad memories or terrible people. I have no doubt that we all have at one point done this, but sometimes we just have to let go and not let these memories or people hold us back.
Just trying out Life is Strange proved this to me, and it also proved to me that once we do try these things out, they have the potential to take on a new meaning. It has for me, and it can for you, too.