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So it’s no secret: I like to play video games. For a lot of reasons. Some of them good.

I don’t  judge others on what they like to do in their spare time so please don’t judge me!

Wednesdays this year haven’t been Halo Night…they’ve been Overwatch night. It’s actually a game the whole family plays…just one at a time. But we watch each other’s backs and cheer each other on.  I fare much better at it than I do at RISK or Monopoly.

“Heroes never die!” – Mercy, Overwatch

Overwatch is a team-based multiplayer online first-person shooter video game, which boasts over 20 characters. Each character possesses different functions and armaments which  complement each other.

My first choice is Mercy, a healer with the ability to heal team mates, boost their fire power, and occasionally resurrect a team mate during play. She doesn’t possess armour or a high health level, only a small pistol with which to defend herself. While Mercy’s primary objective is to heal and support her team mates, sometimes she will be an aggressive “battle mercy” (cough, cough). She rarely earns  the coveted “Play of the Game” honour, but it has been known to happen (cough, cough). [Before Big Guy comments, in my defence, I can manage to both heal, resurrect and wreak havoc on the other team – just saying!]

Earlier this year, video game creator Blizzard, introduced a limited $15 pink skin for Mercy. Blizzard pledged to donate 100% of the proceeds to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation. A lot of people criticized the move, claiming they were exploiting a worthy cause for their own gain. Most fans applauded the effort, and generously raised $12.7 million. While that figure included a limited edition t-shirt, the majority of it came from Mercy’s pink skin.

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The money will go toward “prevention strategies, improved treatments…and quality of life for breast cancer patients worldwide,” said Stephanie Kauffman, Chief Strategic Alliances Officer at BCRF.

I guess this proves that even gamers can be unlikely heroes. 🙂


Happy Friday!