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A 16-year-old boy who lost his dad when he was six years old said he recently found his father’s “ghost” in one of their favorite games.

The gamer recently played an old Xbox game that he used to play with his father. User 00WARTHERAPY00 shared his story in the comments section on a PBS investigation of spirituality and religion video on YouTube.

The gamer said his father bought him an Xbox console when he was four. He said he and his dad would often race each other in a game called RalliSport Challenge.

When his father died, he lost interest in playing the game. A decade later, he dusted off the old console and played RalliSport Challenge.

“And once I started meddling around… I found a ghost,” he said.

That “ghost” was his father, whose character he could still race against as long as he didn’t beat his dad’s score — still the highest in RalliSport Challenge.

“And so I played and played, and played, until I was almost able to beat the ghost. Until one day I got ahead of it, I surpassed it, and… I stopped right in front of the finish line, just to ensure I wouldn’t delete it.”


  • Need employment!

    My husband passed away when my son was five….they loved doing things together, unfortunately my son didn’t get his Playstation until after his dad died. They would have had so much fun. I hope this young man continues “playing” with his dad. Hope his memories stay forever.

  • Cory

    This is one of the dumbest things I’ve heard. It is not his father it is a saved file of the fastest lap that was ran on that track. People will believe anything these days.

  • Katie Carman

    He’s playing with the character is dad created. He knows it’s not a real ghost. It’s something sentimental that he can hang on to and interact with in his memory. I think it’s sweet.

  • a

    As Katie Carman stated the kid obviously knows it’s not a real ghost. He acknowledges his dad had the best time and he almost beat it. The saved files are called ghosts. It’s something he can “hang” on to from his father. Basic comprehension of the article lets you know it’s not a real ghost, as do the quotation marks in the title.

  • Pete

    I can relate. Back in the1990’s a very good friend died suddenly and unexpectedly. At the time I was programming an AI system for Counter Strike. One of the machine learning bots I named after the friend. One day I was playing and two of the bots had flanked me. I didn’t realize it until I heard gunshots as the _Dave01 bot came in and saved me. It went to a wall breach and scanned, then it scanned in my direction like he was looking at me, then exited. The sentimental part of me remembered the real Dave. I was glad to have had that experience. The person in the story got to experience something his father had created. It brought back good memories. I think in the future we will leave even deeper traces of ourselves and our experience. I don’t know if it is good or bad but if we can focus on the good sentiments it may be beneficial.

  • Juli

    Those posting comments about this being “dumb” obviously don’t understand what the term ghost means in reference to a video game. It doesn’t mean he thinks he is playing with his dad’s spirit,but that it makes him feel nostalgic to be playing against his dad’s lap record. That’s not dumb — he misses his dad!! If you had ever lost a close family member there are things that give comfort — even things like traces of them saved in video games you once played together. I have a shirt of my dad’s that I cherish. It’s an old ratty flannel shirt and six sizes too big for me, but I put it on sometimes in the winter and it’s comforting for me even after 20 years. So…….those of you who think this person is dumb for thinking of his dad while he plays the game they used to enjoy……..well, it’s not this boy who is dumb. The story is sweet and a much nicer read than yet another tale of a child dying in a hot car.

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