She Lost Her Father, But Journey Helped Her Cope

She Lost Her Father, But Journey Helped Her Cope

Last year’s standout PS3 game Journey was an emotional experience for many. That was certainly the case for Sophia, a 15-year-old who wrote the above letter to one of the game’s creators, Jenova Chen, about how Journey helped her cope with the loss of her father.

Chen read the letter aloud today at the DICE convention, where Stephen snapped this photo.


  • Not crying. Not…*sniff*…at all.

    Journey was and is a magnificent gaming experience. The breadth of its emotional impact is borne out by stories like this.

  • Aw man, where are the tissues when you need them? I wish i had a PS3 to experience journey for myself.

    no i wont get into a “it should be on Xbox/Wii/DS/Ipod/Atari 2600” rant (thought i would be keen for an Atari 2600 port of such a game), this is a wonderful testimony that shows that video games can be a positive light in peoples lives in ways that cannot be descibe and i only wish that more people will realize this in due time instead of the disillusioned “violence-happy-basement-dwelling-murderers-in-training” portrayal.

  • I had a similar experience with my father. He died when I was 12. He was never into video games and never understood them. One day he saw me playing Mike Tyson’s Punchout and took an interest and watched me finish it for the first time that day, it was his first and last encounter with video games really, but he enjoyed watching me play. As each day goes by I’m sure I forget little pieces of him but I’ll never forget his musing “just think, when you woke up today you were just an ordinary kid, but now you’re the heavyweight champion of the world”.

    It’s not just artistic and thought provoking games like Journey that can create everlasting memories, even a simple comical twitchy boxing sim can etch itself firmly into the most sentimental parts of your soul.

      • Yup, on my first try. I also regularly destroyed Battletoads and TMNT. Nowadays I’m just a shadow of the childhood gaming prodigy that I was. I’m addicted to challenging games and I always put games on the highest difficulty on my first run. I’ve tried going back to some of those old NES games to see if I’ve still got it but sadly I don’t

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