nostalgia is my biggest coping mechanism. sometimes when i’m not doing great, i just want to relive a happy, safer moment in my life where i can escape for a while. i feel like video games are a great vessel for that kind of immersion in a place and time, and some of them have really special memories tied to them
for example, i had my tonsils removed when i was 7, and had to spend a lot of time at home recovering from surgery. my parents bought me “spongebob squarepants: battle for bikini bottom” for the ps2 so i had something to do. i made it a daily ritual to sit down with a cup of vanilla ice cream and play for hours until i was well enough to go back to school. for a few years after, i’d return to it just to destress
do you have a game that you associate with a special event in your life? do you still play it?