Here is a comic strip that i made that represents a historical event that happened to me as a kid. Back in 2002, i was struck in the head with a crowbar by my father for being disobidient.
What effect it had on my mind made me into a human shaped potato, but there was one faithful day that happend, when my mother brought me a specific game, a game that i will always remember playing on
As the comic states, the game Shantae certainly had some healing to my broken mind. How exacly you might wonder? Well take a look at this video www.youtube.com/watch?v=fwVY8y…
The guy at the video will explain on how the brain works regarding video games and it will make more sense after you watched it.
If you dont prefere watching it, i can try and explain to you.
The open ended nature and the puzzles of the game Shantae, basicly forced my brain to repair itself by strengthen the connection to the neurons, but in order to do so, it had to physicly alter itself to
reach them. The more i played the game, the stronger the connection to the neurons, and better i became on playing it, and easier it was for me to regain my mental health.
While it didnt had a massive healing power on its own, it did infact set a chain reaction afterwards that made me recover years to come, and that comic you see, represents
what happened so to speak in my mind.
Now, i am certain that if i had a different game, it would have worked mine, such as Tetris, wich i think would have been a better choice, but at the time, this is what i had.
if it was Mario on the gameboy, the healing effect wouldnt have been the same since Mario was alot more straight forward and easier, so even with a crippled mind, it was possible to beat the game, but
with Shantae, my mind had to do some repairs to actualy complete stuff in it.
This year, 2015, 2 new Shantae games was released on Steam, and due to my past experience, i bought them both. Playing those 2 games on steam felt nostalgic, even if i never played them before.
I guess you can say that, playing them is like re-experience your childhood in higher definition, but this time, my mind was not in the same mess, and playing them wasnt as difficult (i sould definitly replay the old
game at one point).
Hope that all this make some sense to you guys and gals