How Games Saved My Life

For the majority, games are a source of fun and stress-release. For the minority, however, games save their lives.

The following testimonial is from a young man who discusses how, following his brother’s death, he played Metal Gear Solid 4 in order to honour his late sibling’s memory. He also managed to discover a sense of peace upon completion…

I was never a really big “gamer” before my brother died. It was sort of his thing; he played all sorts of games, ranging from ‘Final Fantasy’ to ‘Need for Speed’. Among all the games he played, though, the Metal Gear Solid series was his favorite. I remember watching him play it over and over but I never actually played the game myself.

I remember after he passed away, I was in bad shape. My brother was only a year younger than me. He was my best friend. I would sit around and constantly be miserable – I would just cry and get angry. After a week or two of that, I noticed that Metal Gear Solid 4 had come out. I was heart broken. I knew that was my brother’s favorite series and now he would never be able to conclude the story he loved so much. So I made a decision to finish it for him.

I didn’t have a clue about the story and had to start from the beginning. I got my brother’s ‘Metal Gear Solid one’ disk and began the best week of my life. I played through all four games. I started on Monday and finished the following Saturday night at 2am. I was swept in by the story that game had to offer, from the events at Shadow Moses to the epic conclusion on top of Outer Haven. I instantly loved every minute of it.

What was weird, however, was that, as I was playing through each game, I felt like my brother was there watching me and encouraging me to go on and not to give up. When I finished, I felt that I hadn’t just beat the game for myself. I beat it for both of us.

I was sad, but I knew that my brother, who was in a better place, had seen what I did and I got the feeling he was glad I had done it for him. I had achieved a goal that before I never would have. Not only did I love the games, the character Snake was inspiring; he dealt with so much death and misfortune and was able to put it behind him and still achieve his goal. In many ways, I think his character also inspired me to keep going on and not give up even though life gave me lemons.

I had completed my brother favorite series and in turn gained a new hobby that took my mind off of all the negativity and sadness surrounding his death. In fact, I loved the game so much I got a tattoo as a reminder of what that series means to me. Without Metal Gear, I don’t know what I would have done. Snake didn’t just save the world, he saved me.

metal gear tattoo

His memory will live on forever

You can find more heart warming testimonials on How Games Saved My Life.

About Francesco

A former Tokyo resident and founder of As a video game and Japan enthusiast, Francesco intends to share his passion by using BakaPad as a platform to inform, share and entertain the masses.


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  • CostFreeCulture

    I’m happy for this chap, that he was able to play MGS4 for his brother.

    I’ve begun to re-experience the romance of video games lately myself, but this really is a unique experience.

    • Francesco Agresti

      Which games have re-kindled that romance? I’m sure I can recommend plenty more games…