Meaningful Connections

I don’t feel like I can sufficiently express my gratitude for what TGC has managed to create with Sky. I find myself marveling at it on a regular basis, and I’m hardly the target audience: I’m a 42 year old dude.

I grew up on video games like The Legend of Zelda and Super Mario Brothers, and later Doom, and Quake, and Goldeneye. I played WoW for a time. I have never played a game like Sky; I’ve never played a game that gives me hope like Sky.

When I first started, I had planned on just playing through the main story and avoiding making friends, thinking it’d be weird for a middle aged dude to be making friends with the kids and teens the game seems to appeal to. However, almost two years in, I not only have constellations overflowing with friend stars, I’ve made meaningful connections and friendships with many different players. I am continually blown away by the light and loving kindness they share with one another in the game.

The promise of social media was supposed to be a more connected world but, if anything, it has exploited divisions and exacerbated them. Similarly, other online games are notorious for having toxic cultures. Sky, a “children’s game”, offers the promise of connectedness through kindness and generosity and by and large has cultivated a culture that lives up to that promise.

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