GameZilla Give Back Personal Story - Chops

Here at GameZilla Media we have started our fundraising campaign with Gamers Outreach to build a “GO Kart”, a portable, medical-grade gaming kiosk nurses could use to transport video games and entertainment to children who are unable to leave their rooms within the hospital.

Over the course of our campaign we will be sharing with you personal stories from our team that discusses video games and how impactful they’ve been in our lives. Our first story is from Chops:

“One day on summer vacation when I was 10 or 11, some of my out of town relatives came to visit our family in Michigan to take me back to their home in Ohio to spend the weekend there. We didn’t see that side of the family too much except around holidays, so I was excited to spend a whole weekend with them.

On our way there our car got caught in a nasty storm. Tornado sirens were going off around us, rain drops were slamming the vehicle we were in and I was getting car sick. Motion sickness happened pretty frequently for me but this time it was heightened because of the danger around us. My younger cousins who were 4 or 5 at the time were crying because they were scared and the whole time I was just trying to keep my lunch from coming back up.

When we finally made it through the storm and arrived at my cousins house I was pretty tired and ready to just shut myself off and decompress. I was the type of kid who liked to spend time with friends and family but needed to recharge by myself, doing my own thing. But instead of me just going to lay down or lock myself away for the rest of the day, my cousin Mike suggested we play this computer game called Stay Tooned. He knew I liked to play video games and just wanted to help me relax and feel at home.

We spent the rest of the day and most of the night taking turns playing this game. It took hours for us to beat the game, trying everything we could to figure out the puzzles with these cartoon characters we’ve never heard of and jokes that went right over our heads.

This weekend spent out of town at my cousins house is one that we bring up every time we see each other because its really shows how much fun and how memorable that day was to us, even though we were scared for our lives, we were still able to make the most out of the day (and most of the night) playing games together.”

Please look at our campaign page for Gamers Outreach and consider donating to our cause. Gaming is so much more than just buttons and flashing screens, its a way to remove yourself from the worries around you and learn how to work through them.