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.