What better way to start off a Monday than with a good cry?
Just watch this story about a mother and her love for Animal Crossing
, and we dare
you not to feel anything. Even the most robotic, evil, and cynical of souls will feel this tug at their heart strings. There's really nothing profound enough that we can say about this tragic tale, except that it teaches a good lesson about taking the people you love for granted.
Note: We know that the version portrayed here is the GameCube version, but since the game was quite the darling on the DS, we thought it would fit well here.Update:
Due to YTMND antics (that will teach us to link there again), the flash has been messed with and we warn you not to go to the YTMND site
as it's very NSFW
. Instead, we posted the pictures with an English translation after the break. It doesn't have the same effect, but it's still a touching story nonetheless!
About two years ago, I bought the game Animal Crossing. It was fun for awhile, me and my brother played it for about a month, then got tired of it.
I'm always trying to convert my parents to videogames, however, and thought that Animal Crossing would be simple enough for them to get into. I let my mom set up a house, and she soon got into the game in a big way. (As a kid, she had polio, and now she had multiple sclerosis. She was largely homebound, except for the once our twice when she'd either leave to go shopping or to church.)
Spending all day at home in a wheel chair bored her, so the relief Animal Crossing provided her was kind of amazing. She'd spend so much time playing it, that it became something of an obsession. She played it so much that she was constantly getting kidded by the family.
She payed off her house in the game, she collected all the fossils, etc. Whenever I saw her playing, I thought that the game must have long since stopped being interesting to her, yet she kept playing- even after me and my brother had long since stopped.
Her condition got progressively worse, and she eventually stopped playing. About a year ago, she passed away.
I had forgotten about Animal Crossing, I hadn't played it in over a year and a half. Today, however, I decided to visit the village again and see what was up. Weeds had grown everywhere, the villagers wondered where my mom and I had gone.
Then I came to my mailbox, it was full of letters with presents- all from my mom. Every letter was pretty much the same. "Thinking of you. Thought you'd like this present. Love, Mom" Even though I'd stopped playing, she continued to send me presents. I look back now at how I made fun of her for playing even after she'd done everything, and I realize now that she was probably spending her time getting presents for me.
Anyway, I know it's probably cheesy, but I was just amazed at how much this affected me and I thought I'd share. Show your parents as much love as you can, while you still can guys.
[Translation via LoLiel
; Thanks Kian for the original tip!]