Video games have a “something”, just like all types of art. We marvel at his ability to immerse ourselves in their worlds, making our worries and limitations loosen. They have the power to create genuine magical moments. One of them took place not long ago: a father was able to talk to his autistic daughter thanks to Assassin’s Creed Odyssey.
The user derkastan77 on Reddit shared his story with the Assassin’s Creed community. He has a 9-year-old autistic daughter who speaks very little about her (he has never had a conversation with her) and who is in awe of the open world gamesso he asked about titles he might like.
The adventurer was already sailing the universe in No Man’s Sky and hacking honestly in Assassin’s Creed Black Flag. “That was not a good idea“, the father says in the publication jokingly. Whether it’s space or the sea, the girl likes to sail.
The Assassin’s Creed community he recommended Odyssey, since it has a very large open world and offers many hours of navigation. The father bought the game and put his daughter in the mode Discovery Tour of Odyssey, which allows you to explore without limitations or obstacles and learn the real history of Ancient Greece.
He got his first taste of it last night, and he was in heaven. She sailed on her small boat for about 45 minutes, before finally deciding to go to an island. I helped her down from the boat and then I showed her how to press W and Shift at the same time. She immediately scrambled up a high cliff, ran across a field, climbed to the top of a mountain and then stopped dead when she saw the sights.
And this is when the magic of video games happens:
Then she said something. My daughter is 9 years old and I have never had a conversation with her. She said, “Daddy, look… the ocean is beautiful.” She stayed there, not moving, for 5 minutes. Just looking around with the mouse.
derkastan77 account that the eagle landed on Kassandra’s arm (it happens when you are still for a minute) and the girl showed herself very excited while pointing out to his father what he was looking at. The father ends the message by thanking:
Thank you all for suggesting these new titles that have “discovery mode”. You gave me a great gift, and her. Thanks assassins.
If there is a comment box that you should read, it is undoubtedly this: users thanking you for sharing the story, others sharing theirs, recommending more games… Once again, video games work their magic. Assassin’s Creed Odyssey it has helped a father to have a conversation with his autistic daughter, and that is something that is priceless.