Nerdery, Video Games

Nerdery and Thinly Vieled Army Recruitment Tool Save Life

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americas_army.jpg28-year-old Paxton Galvanek rescued two people from a flipped SUV on the North Carolina highways. The two were wounded and bleeding, but as Yahoo! reports

As the first one on the scene, Galvanek safely removed both individuals from the smoking vehicle and properly assessed and treated their wounds, which included bruises, scrapes, head trauma and the loss of two fingers.

But Galvanak isn’t just a good Samaritan, he’s a nerd, because the only reason he was able to perform medical care on the two individuals is because he played a medic in the America’s Army team-shooter PC game, which actually requires players to sit through medical tutorials before playing.

So take that, video game-haters! This “professional murder simulator” just happens to also be a professional life-saving simulator! Video games save lives! Even games that are barely-concealed recruitment tools and sound incredibly boring if they require you to set through lectures before killing bad guys!

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Robert Bricken is one of the original co-founders of the site formerly known as Topless Robot, and its first editor-in-chief, serving from 2008-12. He brought the site to prominence with “nerd news, humor and self-loathing” as its motto, raising it from total internet obscurity to a readership in the millions, with help from his savage “FAQ” movie reviews and Fan Fiction Fridays. Under his tenure Topless Robot was covered by Gawker, Wired, Defamer, New York magazine, ABC News, and others, and his articles have been praised by Roger Ebert, Avengers actor Clark Gregg, comedian and The Daily Show correspondent John Hodgman, the stars of Mystery Science Theater 3000 and Rifftrax, and others. He is currently the managing editor of io9.com. Despite decades as both an amateur and professional nerd, he continues to be completely unprepared for either the zombie apocalypse or the robot uprising.