When you’re trapped in a video game
The Washington Times title A man with autism was reunited with his parents after they were trapped in an online video game.
article A man in his late 20s who was living with severe autism and severe attention deficit hyperactivity disorder was reunited on Wednesday with his family after he spent more than three years in a virtual reality video game called “Papyrus.”
“I didn’t want to be in the video game, I wanted to be with my mom,” Daniel W. Johnson, 33, said at the end of the daylong meeting, according to his parents, who were not able to see their son because of their condition.
Johnson, who was diagnosed with autism as a child, said he and his mother were playing the game together when a man in a white shirt appeared and began talking to Johnson.
The man’s face and voice seemed to change, Johnson said, adding that he was able to understand him but couldn’t understand why.
“I started screaming and yelling, ‘Mommy, I need help!'”
Johnson, from the Bronx, New York, had been living with his mother, Julie Johnson, in a house with a glass door that had to be opened to enter.
Julie Johnson told The Washington Examiner that she and her husband were able to get through the door because the door would have been blocked off with duct tape.
“He had the tape on his hand,” she said.
“And he said, ‘What do you want me to do?'”
Julie and her wife had been trying to get Johnson help in the past but his mother had not been able to help him, Julie said.
Juliet Johnson was at the meeting with her son, who is a video gamer who was in his early 20s.
The couple were not allowed to speak to their son, but Julie Johnson said she and the couple’s daughter, who has severe autism, watched as the man talked to Johnson and told him to call 911.
“We said, what do you mean you can’t do that?
We said, we’re not going to do that,” Julie Johnson told the newspaper.
“We were very worried about what he was going to say to us and what his intentions were.”
“It was the worst experience I’ve ever had,” Julie said of the experience.
“I can’t even describe it.”
The video game Johnson was playing was called “Pandora’s Box,” which was created by the Japanese company Softbank in 1999.
The game allowed players to fight with an avatar of a man wearing a blue suit, a red hat and red shoes.
Johnson played as a superhero named Batman, but his avatar would not attack anyone.
The game is based on the popular children’s cartoon “Puzzle & Dragons,” but there are other elements of it that Johnson said did not come from the show.
He said he was not able “to see my real avatar,” and he was told that the character was not human, according, to the newspaper, which reported that the couple did not know the person in the game’s “real” character, which Johnson identified as “Mr. Joker.”
The man in the virtual reality game is also a real person, but Johnson said the man’s character is not human.
The video is being held by the National Institute of Mental Health.
Julie Johnson’s husband said the family was not aware of Johnson’s diagnosis, and he said they do not want to speak about it further.
“It’s like he’s not us,” Julie told The Examiner.
“It’s very upsetting.”