Gaming is an incredibly popular pastime that has grown in recent years. Not only do games entertain, but they can also serve as a means of education, rehabilitation, and increasing awareness on pressing social issues. One such issue is veteran mental health. A new game called ‘With Them: Frontlines’ aims to address this issue by providing a platform that connects gamers with the mental health struggles that veterans face.
Introducing ‘With Them: Frontlines’ – A Game for Veterans
‘With Them: Frontlines’ is an upcoming first-person shooter game that is set to launch on PC on November 27, 2023. Developed by ORE System in Austin, TX, USA, the game focuses on real military veterans and their experiences. The initiative aims to raise awareness about veteran mental health issues and reduce the high suicide rate among veterans of the video game generation.
Utilizing technology, ‘With Them: Frontlines’ showcases the stories of veterans who have shared their experiences, encouraging others to do the same. This helps promote a more informed conversation with healthcare providers and enhances the gameplay experience. The game features a single-player campaign, which provides a first-person experience of what a real military veteran experienced in their own words. Through storytelling and first-hand accounts by real military veterans, a fully immersive game environment and storyline are created.
Raising Awareness for Veteran Mental Health Through Gaming
According to the Department of Veterans Affairs, an average of 20 veterans die by suicide every day in the United States. The video game industry has recognized the potential of engaging with this issue by creating games that promote mental health awareness among veterans. ‘With Them: Frontlines’ takes the initiative a step further by providing a platform that connects gamers with the mental health struggles that veterans face, using real-life stories and experiences.
The game’s multiplayer first-person shooter portion provides a gameplay experience similar to Call of Duty (CoD) but features real military veterans as playable characters. With integrated monetization, the game supports the further development and support for veteran charities. The game aims to provide a platform for veterans to share their stories, help reduce the stigma around mental health, and encourage players to seek support if they need it.
Innovative Features: Connecting Wearables to Healthcare Providers
The game also features the ability to sync with an application that connects to wearables and smartphones to collect data to share with healthcare providers facilitating a more direct discussion between patient and provider. This information can be used as a part of the initial screening process to establish baselines for treated patients and evaluated throughout applied therapeutics to gauge the response to other therapies.
By incorporating wearable technology, the game provides a unique opportunity to gather data on players’ mental and physical health, which can then be used to inform medical professionals. This innovative approach to mental health treatment could help support veterans, who often struggle to access mental health services or are hesitant to seek help.
‘With Them: Frontlines’ aims to promote a more informed conversation with healthcare providers, enhance the gameplay experience and address the unique challenges faced by veterans. By utilizing technology, the game provides a platform for veterans to share their stories, reduce the stigma around mental health, and encourage players to seek support if they need it. The game’s unique features, such as syncing with wearables, could revolutionize mental health treatment for veterans. With the initiative set to launch in 2023, it will be an exciting time for gamers and veterans alike.