Video: One of the great things about multiplayer games is how effectively you can communicate with people, even when you don’t speak each other’s language. You can race over sand dunes together in Journey. You can clear bounties in Destiny. Or take the moment in this video. In this short video, you’ve got me, an American, playing PS4 co-op shooter Alienation with some Germans, or at least I assume they were Germans based on the flags I saw after the match. During a pause in the action and right before they rushed into another firefight, I realised I could heal them. I pressed one of the buttons on my PS4 controller that is used to send simple messages in the game. I asked them to wait. They responded in kind.
If video games bring nothing else for the world, at least they bring us together like this. Hooray!