For a multitude of reasons, playing video games can sometimes be an emotional experience, and sometimes it doesn't even have anything to do with the game's content itself.
And while games more often than not are making us either happy or angry, sometimes they can make us feel a wide range of other emotions, such as sadness.
That said, recently the head of Xbox, Phil Spencer, took to Twitter to share an emotional moment he experienced while playing Crackdown 3.
Playing a lot of Crackdown 3 and having a lot of fun. An emotional moment for me was when I got to pick my agent and saw our passed teammate Mike Forgey memorialized in the game, such a touching moment that he wanted to see happen. Needless to say Mike is my agent of choice— Phil Spencer (@XboxP3) February 17, 2019
For those that don't know: Mike Forgey passed away back in 2016 after a long battle with brain cancer. A producer in the industry, Forgey worked with Microsoft for many years and shipped many games with them, though his most recent work was Middle-Earth: Shadow of Mordor, the 2014 award-winning title from Monolith Productions, a game he's also memorialized in.
Of course, many were happy to hear such a touching gesture was added to the game.
Loving the new Crackdown so much! Forgey was honored in #ShadowofWar too which was great to see.— Reclaimer Rob (@ReclaimerRob) February 17, 2019
I thought the bio for Agent Forgey was a bit specific. I now know there's reason behind it. To lose someone is always difficult but being able to immortalize a friend... that's an awesome gift.— flipadip (@dan_yo_san) February 17, 2019
That's a nice tribute. Thanks for sharing!— Don (@shorecatX) February 17, 2019
"Overall, Crackdown 3 is pretty disappointing, but it’s hard to tell if part of that was the huge wait time for that. This is a game that’s been in development for a long time, and though it does have its charming moments and witty one-liners, it feels like an unenthusiastic attempt at a revival for a franchise that was better off being left in the last generation."