I read about Operation Supply Drop last year on Kotaku. It’s a charity that sends video games to deployed and wounded soldiers.
When I saw they were looking to make a supply drop to our British allies, I reached out to a friend I met in London on the set of World War Z (nbd) who happened to serve in the British Territorial Army. He, in turn, passed the information along to another friend, who then contacted Operation Supply Drop.
And boom! Behold the power of social media!
Followers of this blog know that I’m a gamer. There is a hard intersection between video games and war that I like to write about. It was just last week that I posted about KSM who is also very aware of how central video games are to young soldiers.
With that, it’s refreshing to see this kind of charity that provides a service that I know soldiers will actually appreciate while they’re down range. Boredom is a terrible enemy. I wish, wish, WISH, this charity existed when I was enlisted. Some of my favorite memories from OIF I is playing Halo tournaments in Baghdad’s Hotel California. And like the founder of OSD, I too knew the importance of having a Gameboy Advance with Final Fantasy Tactics!