A Helping Hand

A Helping Hand

This game has helped me grow as a person. It’s helped me overcome one of the most difficult parts of my life: living with social anxiety (especially to the degree I get it at times).

I didn’t like people. I’d tell myself I didn’t like them, almost as a self-defence mechanism. And still, I downloaded Sky. I thought; “It looks pretty!” I told myself it was the colours. And while it looks amazing, I do think I came here out of loneliness.

I found out, very quickly, that you could make friends on Sky by doing nothing but… honk? It was a strange concept, to me. I made a friend or two, honked at them, moved on. But then, two people came along. I call them Squeak and Momo. These guys helped me so much.

They did very little; they danced around with me at the Eye of Eden, they emoted with me, and we spent hours finding and collecting Winged Light. They showed me new areas, helped me through the game — and they spoke a different language than me. That’s the crazy part. I’ve never had such a pleasant few hours with other people. Usually, I’d get stressed. But in Sky, it’s different! It’s easy. And more than that; it’s showed me that it doesn’t have to be hard to make friends. I’ve started reaching out more. I’ve started talking more. My days have been brighter — I’ve been a better person! And it’s all because these two guys from across the world were nice to me.

Without Sky, that wouldn’t have happened. Without Sky’s easy way to use body language to interact, that wouldn’t have happened. I’m forever grateful for how simple and beautiful Sky is. It’s genuinely one of the best games I’ve ever played. And my favourite part? The emotes. The dances. The emotions. Thank you, Sky: Children of the Light!

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A Helping Hand

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