My Thanks to the Gaming Community


          This morning I was browsing Justin.tv when I happened to notice that one of the few broadcasters I follow, LookAtMyChicken, was casting a little early. Unfortunately, the title did not bode well: “Goodbye/Birthday Marathon.” Curious, I hopped in on the chat to see what was going on. Many of the viewers were gracious to inform me that Chicken was having financial trouble. Without any money to pay his rent or phone bill, he was going to end up on the street tomorrow. Some birthday, huh? Not only that, but he has been battling depression for years now, a disease that claimed his half-brother and father six years ago. His family and friends had all but abandoned him as well, leaving him with only his followers to comfort him.


          This got me thinking back to just over a year ago when I was also losing my fight to depression. I had been borderline suicidal for months, and I didn’t know whether or not I would survive through my Christmas break. Thankfully the commentary from John and Dan over at NextGenWalkthroughs helped sustain me. The weekly podcasts and videos gave me something to laugh about when I couldn’t take the shit that was going on around me any longer. Sure I had fri