Video games are more than just an escape into a virtual world. Video games and video gamers can help others by raising money within the community in unique ways. The most common way is to donate via gaming-based charities. There are numerous video game charities out there that help raise money for children and others in need, but the three big platforms that immediately come to mind are Child’s Play Charity, Humble Bundle, and Extra Life.
Many people have preconceptions that portray video gamers as being lazy and asocial. However, they don’t seem to understand the potential healing and growth powers of video games. In Jane McGonigal’s new book, SuperBetter, she looks exactly at these areas of potential. McGonigal suffered a brain injury a couple of years ago, and instead of wallowing in her recovery process, she made a game out of it. She tried to find “allies” to help her healing and gave herself “power-ups” when she achieved her goals, all while putting on a secret persona in order to fight her monsters and work towards self-betterment.