You don't hear this kind of story every day.
Not only does it include a developer giving a brain surgery patient free loot in Destiny ; it also involves a doctor actually recommending playing video games. Really, does it get any better than that?
The story can be found at Reddit , where user Bkbunny87 talks about her husband, Eric, and how Bungie's latest blockbuster has helped improve his life. Eric has had seven brain surgeries, three of which involved removing parts of the brain, which has resulted in memory loss. But this didn't deter his interest in Destiny and he told his neurologist about it.
To her surprise, the doctor said games could prove to be an excellent physical therapy tool for those suffering from brain and memory damage. And so, that's exactly what Eric has done. Said his wife:
"I have been shocked how well he has taken to it. Once an avid cook, he was no longer able to navigate our kitchen–but with Destiny, it was like a duck to water. He has always been exceptionally good at games, and it seems like that hadn't changed a bit. It's been a joy to watch him."
The effect has been very positive, as it has prompted Eric to get out more and do more things around the house. She says the change in his mood "has been almost staggering," even though Eric does have trouble communicating with friends during Raid missions.
The story landed on Bungie's doorstep, it seems, because community manager David "Deej" Dague reached out and sent over a care package. We don't know everything included in that package, but we do know that it included the exceedingly rare Fate Of All Fools scout rifle. Eric is the only one with that weapon right now, as it won't be released to the public until later.
See now, this is a tale worth repeating.
Related Game(s): Destiny