An article from West Virginia in the hope that the new gaming PC can “catch the interest” of a new demographic

West Virginia American Legion Department Commander Tom Hicks was familiar with video games like Call of Duty, as his grandson played them as a child and still plays as an adult.

But Hicks’ knowledge of video games didn’t extend much further. But at the American Legion’s national convention in Milwaukee, West Virginia department executive assistant Lois Moles reminded Hicks that a $3,000 gaming PC was going to be given away through a raffle. spell. Hicks walked in, then found he had won.

And now he knows a little more about the game and its impact on the veterans who participate in it.

On Sept. 14 at American Legion Post 3 in Moundsville, W.Va. — where Hicks is also commanding officer — he was introduced to the PC by representatives from Regiment game and Paradox of customs. These two entities have partnered to operate a four-PC gaming station set up in the Wisconsin Center during the national convention. In addition to giving non-players of the Legion Family the opportunity to learn more about the game while interacting with Earl and the other young veterans of the Regiment, it also gave a Legion Family member the opportunity to win your own gaming PC.

And that member was Hicks, who sees PC as an opportunity to grow his position. “I haven’t spoken with the[executive committee]yet, but I want to do something to interest some people coming up, especially young veterans,” he said. “Maybe it will generate interest.”

Brandon Hatfield, co-owner and president of Regiment Gaming – the nation’s largest community of veteran gamers – came to Post 3 with Paradox owner/founder Arpit Manaktala to introduce Hicks to the PC.

It was an opportunity for Hatfield to interact with the Legionnaires as the nation’s largest veterans organization continues to develop its relationship with the Regiment.

“It’s really humbling,” Hatfield said. “It’s a great American Legion post, and it’s great to meet people first hand. It brings our mission to life. We want to help veterans and we know the American Legion is a great organization for that. And I think by working together we can really help (the Legion) reach a different audience.

“With Regiment, I learned that the game is not just for young people. It’s for everyone. We have people who are over 60 in Regiment, and they play all the time. Anyone can log in. No matter the age. I think if we can work with the American Legion, you’ll find that more and more people can connect across the different age gaps.

While talking with Hatfield, Hicks said he learned how the game brings veterans back to a sense of community they felt during their military service. “But they also said playing this game takes their thoughts away from what they actually saw overseas,” Hicks said. “They say that’s what a lot of veterans say about the game.”

Hicks praised Hatfield, Arpit and the others who helped set up the PC at post 3. “These guys were A-1. Wonderful gentlemen and really nice guys,” he said. “They were very, very helpful, all of them.”

Hatfield said the relationship with the American Legion is mutually beneficial. “Our goal is to make the Legion more efficient in a way that we can help,” he said. “It’s really a natural choice, because the in-person community is something we miss, while the online gaming community is our strength. We can use each other’s strengths and help each other’s weaknesses. .

Robert P. Miller