When you turn on the news or look through your Twitter feed, what do you see? A wonderful reminder of how horrible this world can be? People talking about what they ate today? Maybe even a new game announcement? Sure, some of these are great, interesting, or informative, but usually they are forgotten as soon as the next story rolls on. Today, however, was quite different. Today, I read a story about an act of kindness by Creative Assembly, the company behind the famed Total War franchise, that truly moved me. This story was of James, a 24-year old who recently passed away due to liver cancer, and how the amazing people at Creative Assembly gave him one grand send-off.
James was a huge Total War fan, and thanks to The Willow Foundation, had the opportunity to go to the studio of one of his favorite franchises and try and early build of Total War: Rome II. He was actually the first outside person to play Rome II, and one well deserving of the honor. James made a lasting impression on those he met at the studio and got to see a detailed look of how the game was being created.
That itself would have been a great gesture, but Creative Assembly didn't stop there. While he was at the studio, they took reference photos and have since put him in the upcoming Total War: Rome II as a Roman Soldier, where he will live on forever. It will never replace the real James, but it was an incredible action by the studio he loved.
When I think of what I want to do in my life, it's all about this. I want to give back and make people's dreams come true and give people the happiness they deserve. Those like James, who were taken from this world too soon, deserve their time on Earth to be worthwhile and as close to perfect as possible. I know that can sound sappy and cheesy but it's the truth, and it always has been. There is too much negativity in this world and it's never too late for a change.
We just have to do it.
We can't sit back and let our lives pass us by. I completely understand that it's difficult with bills and responsibilities and the like, but we can make it happen. We just have to take the first step.
Thank you, Creative Assembly, for making a fan's dream come true and never settling to be just another company.
As for James, Rest in Peace, and come this October, I'll look forward to sharing the battlefield with you.
Have you heard any inspirational stories, gaming or otherwise, that have moved you lately? Let me know below and let's get these stories out there. Make people realize what good is going on in the world, and inspire more to happen.
Also, you can read the blog post, from Creative Assembly, here.
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