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"Il punto di non ritorno"

Son races deceased father's ghost in Xbox racer, makes internet cry

This is the most heart-warming video game ghost story I’ve ever heard. According to a post on Motoramic, a YouTube commenter that goes by 00WARTHERAPY00 shared a supernaturally touching story about racing their father’s ghost in Xbox racer RalliSport Challenge, 10 years after he had passed.

Note: spelling and punctuation have been preserved from the post:

Well, when i was 4, my dad bought a trusty XBox. you know, the first, ruggedy, blocky one from 2001. we had tons and tons and tons of fun playing all kinds of games together - until he died, when i was just 6. 

i couldnt touch that console for 10 years. 

but once i did, i noticed something. 

we used to play a racing game, Rally Sports Challenge. actually pretty awesome for the time it came. 

and once i started meddling around... i found a GHOST. 


you know, when a time race happens, that the fastest lap so far gets recorded as a ghost driver? yep, you guessed it - his ghost still rolls around the track today. 

and so i played and played, and played, untill i was almost able to beat the ghost. until one day i got ahead of it, i surpassed it, and... 

i stopped right in front of the finish line, just to ensure i wouldnt delete it. 


Judging from subsequent comments, 00WARTHERAPY00 wasn’t necessarily looking for attention with their comment, they just wanted to share the story.

The NeoGAF thread I spied this on was ripe with crying gifs and personal stories from other gamers. It’s a nice reminder, especially given the toxicity of some aspects of game culture, of the humanity behind games and their place as a hobby we can share with one another.

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