Although this is explicitly about Star Citizen, it captures in a perfect and precious way, why I game. Why I always encouraged my children to game. To dream larger than life. To encourage imagination and creative thinking. To exercise at an early age, the skills of reading, cooperation, logic and strategy while having fun. To engage with others across a wide spectrum of different backgrounds, culture and beliefs, who may at times have fundamentally opposing views but for this moment, can play as one.
I was a tomboy growing up, with no siblings until I was 8 and my only sister didn't come along until I was 15. I remember these movies and seeing them with my friends who were mostly boys until middle school. I did some girlie things. I was in ballet from the age of 5 to 17 and went to a performing arts high school, to consider dancing as a fulltime career. I loved it but those girls and eventually young girls, didn't really understand me. We had little in common beyond dancing. And while the boys I grew up with, who were my closest friends, didn't get the dancing side of me, that didn't matter. Our dreams and bonds of shared adventures as children, cemented us.
Eventually, our circle was shattered when the awkward years came and they began to see me as a young woman and wanted something that was beyond my ability to give any of them, having loved them all my life as brothers. Even so, I'm still in touch with each of them but have no idea what happened to a single one of the women I danced with for all that time. Because we, the boys and I, had dreamed together. Stared at the stars and wished together.