Helping America’s troops with video games is a regular thing, thank to charities like Operation Supply Drop and Stack-Up, which send troops video games for physical rehabilitation — and to cure boredom. With that virtual reality on the horizon, the announcement today that Palmer Luckey, founder of Oculus, maker of the Rift VR headset, couldn’t have come at a better time.
“We are excited to welcome both Palmer and Dean to the Stack-Up team,” said Stack-Up founder Stephen Machuga in a statement. “They represent some of the biggest supporters of the gaming industry, and with their help, we’re looking forward to improving the lives of even more veterans.”
The “Dean” is Royal New Zealand Air Force veteran and video game designer Dean Hall, the man responsible for the ARMA 2 mod DayZ, and CEO at RocketWerkz Video Games Studio.
“Taking care of the people who fought and fight to keep us safe and free is incredibly important, and games, gamers, and the gaming community play an important part in that care,” said Luckey. “I’m proud to continue supporting this mission and our troops through Stack-Up.”
Though any possibility of virtual reality as therapy for post-traumatic stress in veterans isn’t mentioned in Stack-Up’s announcements, Luckey’s close proximity to military charities lends credence that groundbreaking treatments aren’t far off, as VR rehab is a well speculated field.