Why Kingdom Hearts Means So Damn Much to People


#1

Content Warning: This story contains brief discussions of suicide, mental illness.

A few months ago, I asked a basic question: Why does Kingdom Hearts mean something to you? The answers I received in the days ahead, which numbered in the hundreds, were anything but basic. To so many, Kingdom Hearts has not just been a video game about a kid with spiky hair travelling to various Disney worlds, but a story about hope, friendship, and a crisis of identity. It’s helped them find love, provided comfort through loss, and acted as a guiding light of unrelenting, unapologetic positivity in a world that’s increasingly dark, cynical, and upsetting.


This is a companion discussion topic for the original entry at https://waypoint.vice.com/en_us/article/8xz4ab/why-kingdom-hearts-means-so-damn-much-to-people

#2

Having a good cry, I’m glad people shared this stuff.


#3

this is so great

I was rushed to a hospital and placed into a medically induced coma. For two months, it was touch and go…When I finally was woken up…they finally brought a large laminated poster with the alphabet on it so I could ask questions by pointing at letters (I still had a breathing tube in at this point). In a drug addled state, I spelled out, in all capital letters:
“DID KINGDOM HEARTS 3 COME OUT YET?” and then fell back asleep.


#4

This is incredibly heartwarming. I’m glad some of these stories have been given this kind of platform. Web site good.


#5

I cried at the season finale pod and I cried reading this!
I was so happy to take this journey with yall!

I was not interested in the games (I still am not) but thank you for opening this whole new world (and lore) to me. I would consider myself a huge and knowledgeable fan even thought I never finished the first game. (I did watch the 12 hour youtube video of all the cutscenes for KH3!)


#6

Love to hear stories like these about big games that just kinda missed me.

In my case all KH did was introduce me to Utada Hikaru, for which I am grateful.


#7

Thank you so much for writing this up, Patrick. Lore Reasons: Kingdom Hearts has been a true joy to listen to but hearing other fans stories in the many threads and this article has been my favourite part.

I’m also incredibly surprised a line of mine was featured after you received so many responses. I feel both flattered and lucky. :sparkling_heart: