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I saw this story on Twitter this morning, and I had to share it. It's a nice little story, and I think it's good to hear about things like this every once in a while. At any rate, it involves a longtime Double Fine fan, a series of surgeries, and a surprise care package delivered without any fanfare.
As Chris Machado recounts in a post on I Heart Chaos, he and a friend bribed their way into the Double Fine offices several years ago with a nice letter and a batch of homemade cookies. Chris says the visit was a lot of fun, and they had a great time overall. Years later, Chris was diagnosed with hydrocephalus, which required a series of brain surgeries. Before returning to the hospital for a third operation, he received a care package from Double Fine, which included an original card drawn by Scott C and signed by the rest of the studio. As Chris points out, this package came as a complete surprise: "I hadn’t spoken with these guys in years yet they found out what was going on and went out of their way to brighten my day."
Check out his post to see the card, which features a great image of Psychonauts' Dr. Loboto.
Before we return to our regular diet of snark and cynicism, here's a quote from Roger Ebert that sums up my thoughts on this story beautifully:
"I believe that if, at the end of it all, according to our abilities, we have done something to make others a little happier, and something to make ourselves a little happier, that is about the best we can do. "To make others less happy is a crime. To make ourselves unhappy is where all crime starts. "We must try to contribute joy to the world. That is true no matter what our problems, our health, our circumstances. We must try. I didn’t always know this, and am happy I lived long enough to find it out."
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