No games for you, trapped Chilean miners!

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On the 5th of August 2010, a mine collapsed in Chile trapping 33 miners 2300 feet underground. It’s alright though, because they’ve been sent food, toiletries and PSP handhelds to keep them occupied while they’re dug out by blokes on the surface. It’s taking a while. They’re still there.

To add insult to injury, however, they’ve been sent PSPs but no games. What the hell? That’s like sending a paedophile to live in a retirement village. What’s the reason for kicking these miners while they’re down (pun!)? Some know-it-all psychologist has your answer.

It’s because games isolate people and at this point in time these miners need to stay together to keep psychologically sound, according to Alberto Iturra Benavides who is the rescue team’s lead psychologist.

Ok he might have a point. Perhaps maintaining group homogeneity is important when you’re trapped thousands of feet underground in a small area with 32 other people. Call me weird, but if it was me underground, I’d want nothing more than to be left the hell alone for a few hours a day. If a PSP meant I could do that without my thoughts straying, then I’d be down with that (pun again!). The miners are expected to be rescued sometime in November. Until then they’ll have to watch movies together.

Multiplayer anyone?

Source: Kotaku

Last Updated: September 28, 2010

Miklós Szecsei

I'm a freelance writer who has somehow managed to convince people to pay me to play video games. By day I work a job, but by night and early hours of the morning, I write about video games. The one job provides a living for my family; the other provides a living for my soul. Dramatic, right?

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