Every now and again Tony Ingram goes into his den at night and closes the door. He loads up a PC game from 1992 and ventures forth into a world of dungeons. Ultima Underworld is his way of connecting with his father, on the days when he misses him the most.Tony’s dad James (pictured above, right) passed away three years ago. It was lung cancer. He was in his early 50s. For Tony, who now has a child of his own, playing Ultima Underworld isn’t so much an act of memorial or emotional tribute, it’s a way for him to cope with feelings of loss.At night, when he’s tucked his two-year-old into bed, he often finds himself drawn to the game’s Stygian Abyss. The rhythms of its exploration and combat take him back to a time when he and his dad adventured together, when they shared pure escapist fun.James was one of those dads who encouraged his kids to fool around with computers and computer games. Back when Tony was a 12-year-old, he and his dad played Ultima Underworld a lot.”Ultima Underworld sends me down this deep memory hole,” he says. “It’s a trigger for me to think of my… Read full this story
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