The Ghost Racer

A videogame provides some surprising comfort from beyond.

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Race cars on a track

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:

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.


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.


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.

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