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Thomas Was Alone Wii U codes up for grabs

[Update: Codes have been sent to winners through Destructoid Private Message, so smoke ’em if you got ’em.]

Today is Thanksgiving in the United States, a holiday that normalizes the sin of gluttony by couching it under the guise of “an activity that enhances a general feeling of love and togetherness.” It’s a day to eat and to feel platonic love. Sadly, when Thanksgiving backfires, it can make people feel hungry and alone. Those who don’t have anyone in their lives often feel morbidly depressed on this day. They size up their lives, see that that they don’t have as many meaningful relationships as they feel they should, and the awfulness begins.

Videogames can help with that. Out of all of the artistic mediums we’ve come up with so far, videogames are the best at making us feel emotionally and physically connected to something or someone outside of ourselves. Through storytelling, character interactions, and/or specific gameplay mechanics, videogames allow us to engage with thoughts and feelings that exist outside of our brains in ways that feels real. 

Thomas Was Alone is pretty great at using all three of those tools to meet that end. It’s a game that makes you feel connected to both its in-game characters and its developer in an involving and sincere way. With that in mind, we’re be giving out US codes for the newly minted Wii U port of the game as a special Thanksgiving treat. For a chance to win, just leave a comment below with a quick example of how a game has made you feel less alone, through story, mechanics, multiplayer, or whatever. You’ve got until 12am PST to enter, and multiple entries are allowed, so get in there and start testifying. 

Jonathan Holmes
"Where do dreams end and reality begin? Videogames, I suppose."- Gainax, FLCL Vol. 1 "The beach, the trees, even the clouds in the sky... everything is build from little tiny pieces of stuff. Just like in a Gameboy game... a nice tight little world... and all its inhabitants... made out of little building blocks... Why can't these little pixels be the building blocks for love..? For loss... for understanding"- James Kochalka, Reinventing Everything part 1 "I wonder if James Kolchalka has played Mother 3 yet?" Jonathan Holmes