"After losing himself back into the world of video games, he decided to turn his mind to writing about them, joined up at a website and then eventually started his own. In the process he rediscovered the healing power of video games. The ability to lose himself in a virtual world, to pick up a game and play for hours that seemed like only an instant. This allowed him the space he needed from his trauma to process it, reorganize and rediscover himself. Over time, he re-centered and felt capable again of living a civilian life. And he saw, through video games, his chance to make a difference for others."
There's a good chance you've already heard of Operation Supply Drop, but, if you're anything like me, you had no idea the entire operation was run almost entirely by one man. That man, Capt. Stephen Machuga, goes about sending shipment after shipment of video-game-stuffed care packages to soldiers in the field, all from his living room. But this Polygon feature by Russ Pitts doesn't stop at the boxes stacked around his house.
These games aren't just fun diversions, Machuga points out. The hurry-up-and-wait lifestyle of a soldier in the field means hours of inactivity--not rest, because who can really rest when you could be under fire in the next moment?--are punctuated by moments of chaos and terror. Games give them something to do. More than that, they can provide the space soldiers may need to distance themselves from trauma and, eventually, recover from it. That's a much better reason to waste time in Skyrim than I've ever come up with.
Photo from Operation Supply Drop