Gaming is a perfect way to enjoy some harmless escapism. Even going back to the early days of the medium, players have battled it out trying to set high scores in classic arcade titles, and enjoyed the linear progression of precise platforms. However, as various story elements became increasingly more prevalent in newer releases, gamers began becoming evermore attached to the characters they saw on screen.
Now, while this connection to the story only served to heighten the feeling of accomplishment when you completed the protagonist's quest or saved a damsel in distress, it also consequently meant that the everpresent mortality of your character and those around them could hit you like a ton of bricks at just about any moment.
As a result, in more recent years gaming has started to receive more of the respect it deserves as a medium capable of provoking emotional responses in the same way film and TV have done for decades.
Worse still, unlike other forms of media, when a game foreshadows an unavoidable upcoming tearjerking moment, it often becomes clear that the emotional event is an inevitability if the player decides to continue forward.