In need of a feel good story involving video games? Then this heart-warming tale from Sunday told by a dad trying to make his son smile by contacting Bungie, the original "Halo" developers, after liver transplant surgery is tough to beat.
Reddit user "fiscal_" sent out a call on Reddit for help contacting the Bungie Foundation on Jan. 6. "My son received a liver transplant 2 days ago, we are currently recovering at Seattle Children's Hospital," fiscal wrote in his post. "It's been a bumpy 2 days, so I'm trying to find something to get a smile out of him. He absolutely loves Halo."
Several Redditors helped out by posting fiscal's story on Twitter and Halo.Bungie.Org until it caught the attention of Bungie's Community and Marketing guy, Eric Osborne. This led to a visit that fiscal says had a "huge impact" on his son's recovery.
fiscal shared pictures of his son recovering from liver transplant surgery and how physically tired and weak he was following the traumatic experience. Things brightened up for him when he received a custom "Get Well Soon" card signed by many Bungie Studio employees.
He then got an even bigger surprise when Christine Edwards from Bungie presented him with a replica of Carter's helmet from "Halo: Reach" plus some t-shirts from the game.
"My family can't thank Bungie enough," fiscal wrote on Reddit. "I know that they have had a huge impact on how well my son has been recovering after his surgery."
"Also, thanks to everyone in this subreddit that assisted in Bungie reaching out to my son!"
When talking about why his son loves Halo, fiscal said, "He likes the idea of Halo more than playing Halo. His interest has transcended the games, he would rather battle it out with his Halo action figures, anyway. The Spartan storyline just gets his imagination going, it's wonderful."
One of the amazing aspects about this story is that Bungie no longer works on the "Halo" franchise since it went independent and then signed a publishing contract for "Destiny" with Activision.
You can check out the full album of pictures detailing Bungie's visit posted by fiscal here.