Once again, the solidarity and humanity of lovers of videogames becomes a space between the news. This time with the exciting story of Michael Holyland, a young amateur of 15 years recently deceased, who has starred in a sad story accompanied by developers and other members of the community of users of Elite: Dangerous, his favorite title. / p>
His uncle, Mat Westhorpe, you have shared with The Guardian this hard story that, in spite of the pain it poses for Michael’s family and friends, also has a cheerful detail: the effort of the community of this game to brighten the last days of this playmate. One of Matt’s uncle’s messages, explaining how his nephew struggled to advance Elite despite the seriousness of his condition, caught the attention of Paige Harvey, head of the Frontier Developments community. Paige contacted the family to deliver a collection of gifts from the studio to Michael during a visit to the hospital, including a poster of the game dedicated by Frontier workers.
The forums and social networks also had space for Michael. Many fans, and also the creator of Elite, felt their messages of encouragement to the young man. Some of these users attended him on different expeditions and came to dedicate several stellar discoveries. Even thanks to the collaboration of some Frontier workers and the players, a series was created within the game in which the young player became the hero of the story.
Mat Westhorpe has made a heartbreaking description of how the heroic kindness of a videogame community that filled his last week of life was the last hours of his nephew’s life were, and despite the great sadness with unexpected happiness “.