I’ve always liked video games, ever since my family got our first Playstation back in the mid-late ’90s. I spent a large part of my childhood playing games such as Counterstrike (which I was never any good at) and city-builders (Sim City 4 but also Emperor: ROTMK), though I did play outside as well, mainly with friends and my brother. In my later teenager years, from 2006 to 2010, I played World of Warcraft almost exclusively, as did many of my friends at the time. I quite WoW when I started studying at university in 2010, so as to be able to focus more on studying, which was (or at least sounded like) a good idea. Around this time I also got my first debit card, which meant I could buy games on Steam whenever I wanted (provided I didn’t bankrupt myself), so for the next few years I bought and played various games of various different genres, and had a lot of fun with it. In late 2012, though, I realised that I wasn’t really enjoying video games anymore, and so I stopped playing almost entirely. In retrospect, I’m pretty sure this was due to my worsening depression, and not because of the games themselves. Shortly thereafter, I started watching anime, an event that was tangentially related to my depression.
My sister recently called me up on WhatsApp because she owed me some money. After we’d settled that we got to chit-chatting and she mentioned that maybe I’d like watching a movie called Religulous. To be specific, she recommended it to me because she said it “shows that ALL religions are crazy ;P” and that it’s “funny as hell”. At this point there were two things I didn’t mention to her: Firstly, that I had already seen the movie(because I forgot I had, which might speak volumes about my previous experience) and secondly, that I no longer am the militant anti-theist that I was in my earlier youth.