Saturday, 8th May 2021

Man playing Doom Eternal for escape into a brighter, happier world

A MAN struggling to cope with what has happened to the world is finding cheerful escapism in a videogame where he slaughters demons in hell. 

Wayne Hayes came back from a terrifyingly silent supermarket shop and found that the only way to calm himself was to escape into a reality where demons have taken over Earth and he eviscerates them with a chainsaw.

He said: “It’s pretty grim out there right now. You can’t even take a sunny stroll without everyone skirting two metres around you.

“Then I remembered I was only a few clicks away from a delightful red-skied hellworld where every living thing is my enemy and I have all the guns.

“It’s so relaxing not having to worry about social distancing as I wander around the forsaken city of Exultia with its infernal priesthood, and if you manage to pick up the plasma rifle even a trip to the Super Gore Nest is a walk in the park. But less nerve-wracking.

“Also my heart rate is through the roof because I never know if there’s a howling flaming skull just around the corner, so it’s a better workout than Joe Wicks.

“If anyone’s looking for a way to improve their mental health during this difficult time, I thoroughly recommend killing your way through Earth, Mars and Hell. It’s my happy place.”