Son Discovers Deceased Father’s “Ghost” in Xbox Racing Game
This tale of a young gamer losing his father and encountering an in-game ghost of his father's best recorded races in RalliSport Challenge is quite the tearjerker.
According to Yahoo Autos, a YouTube comment (username 00WARTHERAPY00), on 'Can Video Games Be A Spiritual Experience?' by PBS Game/Show (provided below), revealed a very touching story about loss.
The comment explained how the person would play the original Xbox system with his father over 12 years ago. Even though the person was only 4-years-old at the time, he still fondly remembers playing Xbox games with his father until the unthinkable happened just two years later. While losing a parent at such a young age is world-shattering to a child, the person found something extraordinary upon returning to his Xbox more than a decade later.
The comment reads as follows:
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.
Racing against the saved ghost of your father's best times in a racing game over a decade after he passed away is something that is awe-inspiring. Every single one of his in-game actions were recorded on these races. Who would have thought that a sleeper hit, such as RalliSport Challenge, would turn out to have entire saved races of the boy's deceased father?
While nothing will ever make up for the loss of a loved one, being able to relive these precious memories in such a manner is something unique to the gaming format that you can't even get with video recordings or photos. It reminds us that, no matter how hard the world comes crashing down, we should always drive forward while never forgetting those who were along for the ride.