Mysterious Ways
By Adam Hunter

The Ghost Racer

I play way too many videogames, according to my wife. I think that sometimes, she wishes she could just throw my Nintendo Wii out the window (I know, that system’s so 2008). But I don’t think she’s ever considered that a game can be a spiritual experience…

PBS posted a YouTube video a couple of months back, discussing how some of the latest videogames and computer simulations attempt to evoke spiritual experiences in players. The talk all gets a bit New Agey for my tastes, but Yahoo! uncovered a comment from one viewer that really struck a chord with me:

Cars racing on a track.Well, when i was 4, my dad bought a trusty XBox. you know, the first, ruggedy, blocky one from 2001. we had tons and tons and tons of fun playing all kinds of games together until he died, when i was just 6.

i couldnt touch that console for 10 years.

but once i did, i noticed something.

we used to play a racing game, Rally Sports Challenge. actually pretty awesome for the time it came.

and once i started meddling around... i found a GHOST.

literaly.

you know, when a time race happens, that the fastest lap so far gets recorded as a ghost driver? yep, you guessed it
his ghost still rolls around the track today.

and so i played and played, and played, untill i was almost able to beat the ghost. until one day i got ahead of it, i surpassed it, and...

i stopped right in front of the finish line, just to ensure i wouldnt delete it.

Bliss.”

Have you found solace and comfort in something you’ve uncovered in a game, or another kind of visual media? Share your stories with us.

Adam Hunter is a senior editor for Guideposts magazine and Managing Editor for Mysterious Ways. He’s edited Mysterious Ways since October 2006, and is continually amazed by the astounding stories shared by readers. Follow him on Twitter: @MMysteriousWays

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