The Last of Us Part 3 has helped one fan 'not think about suicide'
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This article contains references to suicide which some readers may find upsetting.
Video games can be the ultimate escape from reality and sometimes looking forward to the future can be for the simple reason of getting to play your favourite titles. That is the case for one person who has claimed a potential The Last of Us Part III has helped them “not think about suicide”.
The Last of Us is set in both a terrifying and hopeless world of a post-apocalyptic, infected-ridden America. Where survival is certainly not guaranteed and hope can be hard to come by, the series still incorporates one important message: endure and survive.
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That message has stuck with one fan who recently claimed just the thought of a potential third sequel has stopped them considering suicide.
“Recently I was intrigued by the news that a man quit smoking for GTA VI, and well, that's very good, we see that games really leave an impression on people. From that perspective I decided it might be cool to talk about something similar that happened to me, only with The Last Of Us,” they wrote on Reddit.
“I have depression and I have been fighting it for almost two years. In the meantime, I considered ending my life more than once, being modest, until I discovered this beautiful universe,” they continued. “After immediately falling in love with The Last Of Us, I started seeing posts and considering the arrival of the third game, until I thought 'I won't be able to consider such an act until I know this game', this ended up coming automatically, and despite believing that Part II is the definitive ending, I end up getting so excited about the idea of a third game, that I start to value the continuity of my life to be able to see this work.”
They finished the post by asking the rest of the community to share similar stories which led to other fans revealing how the Naughty Dog title also helped them. What followed was a plethora of support and encouragement. "Endure and survive buddy," one user wrote, while another added, "You always find something to fight for."
It's an incredible reminder that video games really do have the potential to save lives.