How Zelda: Breath of the Wild Helped Me Cope with the Death of My Dog

Game Rant's Dalton Cooper writes: "Video games can be more than just entertainment. Learn how one writer used The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild to cope with the untimely death of his dog."

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corroios4d ago

Dude, just go get another dog to try and handle the pain. Much better. With the money you spent you could help some poor animal on a shelter.

Its the best thing ever. Well, if you are like me, maybe you even bring two dogs!!!

Si2k784d ago (Edited 4d ago )

Wow... you completely miss the point.

cpayne934d ago

My dog just died suddenly last wednesday and I couldn't just run out and get another dog to replace her, it just wouldn't feel right. You have to get over losing one before you get another, and I will eventually, but not now. Going to work everyday has been so hard lately.

Acadius4d ago

Very sorry to hear of your loss. Sounds like your dog and you were lucky to have one another.

cpayne934d ago

@Acadius thank you for your comment, I really appreciate it

SolidStateSnake4d ago (Edited 4d ago )

Bet you are the same person who goes to another chick instantly after being dumped.

On topic, I just don't know.

2pacalypsenow4d ago

Some women cannot be compared to a Dog, it's not fair to the Dog.

Especially if you've had the dog growing up, it's like saying your brother died? Get over it.

Shuckylad4d ago (Edited 4d ago )

Dogs are loyal animals.....


He should play the last guardian instead.

svoulis4d ago (Edited 4d ago )


"Just go get another dog to try and handle the pain."

I think you completely missed everything he was saying. Also maybe you missed the point that it was a dog he aquired from a SHELTER. It was hit by a car, sudden death, its not like his dog died of old age/coping better.

Coping with a loss of something you love/cared about isn't as simple as replacing it. Escapism is a great way to coupe with the loss of something. Video games (not Just Zelda lol...) are a great way to escape depression/anger/frustration etc.

This article is about how the game helped him heal, and how it can help others too. Clearly reading the article would've benefited you from looking like a fool.

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eternal19734d ago (Edited 4d ago )

Oh ffs, this is worthy of a story, jeezus just grieve, get over it, save this shit about this game or console saved me blah blah. Fuck sake next there will be a story how zelda cures cancer.

Enough with the zelda being the second coming of videogames!

Nu4d ago

Do you have Zelda cancer?

Si2k784d ago

Clearly you have not played BOTW. If a game can provide you a sense of accomplishments just for finding mushrooms, there is something special about it.

ninsigma4d ago

But mushrooms are everywhere so why would you feel accomplished??

Goldby4d ago

While the topic in question is about Zelda helpign the author, what is so hard to understand about a Videogame heling someone through a rough time in their lives? other mediums do it, from books, to tv shows, documentaries and movies, what is so odd about a form of interactive entertainment helping someone?

Journey help em get through Depression, Last of us helped with my Depression and Anxiety.

Videogames can help people. open your mind to that idea. and have a look at Hellblade. That alone will probably be saving alot of people's lives

Sunny_D4d ago

You really sound immature. If it bothers you that much that a person wrote a story about a game helping them out in their time of grief, you could have always scrolled past it. But, here you are...

eternal19734d ago (Edited 4d ago )

And here you are replying, if my comment annoyed you then you could have just scrolled past, but here you are

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Veneno4d ago

Death of a pet is sad. But this article I would expect an adolescent would write for their English class. Actually whenever I hear how a game helped someone through a loss I cringe. Placing connections with games is a real thing but the games themselves? Coo-coo!

Goldby4d ago

When you have games like Journey, which is a masterpiece when it comes to telling a story of life and death, whats so coo-coo about associated a videogame with recovery in one way or another?

Veneno4d ago

I am aware that Journey did connect with that audience. And that's what it set out to do so I'm glad. Honestly I played it and I didn't feel moved by it like some others.

I definitely have been moved to tears by some games. I suppose that I take empathy with those events rather than inspiration. I don't look to games for therapy but I do feel strong connections with them.

Goldby3d ago

i never looked to games as therapy until Jounrey, and soon to be Hellblade.

now i do suffer from depression, anxiety, PTSD and a few others so games that are related to experiences i've been through will touch me more than others will. and thats the same for everyone

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