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'How Games Saved My Life' Shines a Light on the Positivity of Gaming

By: Omar Yusuf - Published: Aug 25, 2011 • References: gamessavedmylife.tumblr and gamepolitics
Ashley Burch, a budding Internet celebrity and the host of a weekly video-cast, recently launched 'How Gaming Saved My Life' -- a Tumblr blog intent on collecting and publishing the most engaging tales about the curative properties of video games.

As a life-long gamer, I would be remiss not to submit an article to How Gaming Saved My Life. The nurturing online communities, non-judgmental peers and stimulating mechanics of modern video games make them unique as therapeutic devices. Ashley Burch herself relayed the story of her bout with severe social anxiety and how Harvest Moon 64 quelled her paranoia.

Thus far, submissions have explained how video games taught players to think critically, accept the loss of a loved one and repair emotional ties within the family. With media outlets intent on demonizing video gaming in general, it's comforting to see people take pause and remember the good things about playing.