The past couple of days I have struggled with trying to find the best thing to do with my Days Gone content. On one hand, posting content can be a happy distraction for people and give people the positive vibes in their daily routine. But, on the other hand I want to make sure that the important voices are being heard around the world, and that we focus our attention on these serious and far more important issues of injustice and racism. You may have noticed that I have been quieter on social media because of this reason. Out of respect to everyone, I have chosen to stay silent with my Days Gone content and aim my attention at the bigger picture for this week. Today’s blog post is an exception to provide you all an update on what will be happening soon as I had to push a couple things back. The new theme for June’s VP Days Gone will now be announced on Monday June 8th. There will also be a new blog post coming to The Broken Road on Tuesday June 9th. I will resume sharing my daily photos starting next week as well. #FanArtFriday will still be featured tomorrow, June 5th. Thank you for your understanding.
Before you go, I wanted to share this little piece today due to the relevance of it and in hopes of giving you a spark of inspiration to unite together. Video games have the ability to provide you with an impactful story that makes you feel connected to the characters and the trials they face. There’s a sense of reality that causes you to think deeper about the themes being told, and as a player you can connect it to your personal life or real world issues. I’m of course talking about the story of Days Gone and the importance of the central themes of the story that relate to our present moment.
Strip away the post-apocalyptic setting, strip away the Freakers and look solely at the characters and how they all come together at the very end of the game. (Major SPOILERS ahead)…
At the end of Days Gone, Deacon realizes that his little pocket of the world is in serious danger by Colonel Garret and the militia located at Wizard Island. The events that led up to this moment, and being saved by Kouri gives Deacon something to live and fight for. He is willing to put other people’s lives ahead of his own ambitions. He knew that this mission was bigger than just one person even if it was his wife after experiencing everything he went through to find her. His goal was to protect his friends and to create a better future in a world of nothing but chaos.
Deacon returns to Lost Lake and finds Iron Mike dead. As tragic as it is, it motivates the people in the camp to serve justice and to do the right thing. The campers rally around Deacon and come to his aid in dedication to Iron Mike. The people know they are outnumbered and outgunned by the militia, but they chose to unite and fight together for a common goal. It wasn’t just Lost Lake that joined in this fight though; Copeland’s Camp and Hot Springs came together as well. People living in different camps, with different backgrounds and a variety of different ethnicities united as one to fight for what was right.
That all sounds a little familiar, right? Whether it’s a video game or real life we all have one thing in common, we are human. We help when people need it, we look forward to the future with hope and we try to make the world a better place than what it was before. We will get through this because you are not alone. We hear you, we see you and we are with you. Stay safe everyone!
In an effort to help in a very small way, I am also holding a giveaway on Twitter for a digital code for someone to receive Days Gone. To enter, you must donate at least $1 and share a screenshot of your donation in the comments. I will then choose a random winner on Friday, June 5th at 5:00 pm EST. You can enter by clicking directly on the tweet below.