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The trapped miners in Chile are receiving PSPs to help preserve their mental health during the long wait for a rescue tunnel to be drilled.  (Source: MSN International)
Move is designed to help the miners survive the grueling three to four month extraction process

Copiapó, Chile, a provincial capital situated on the west coast of South America's Andes Mountain range has grabbed international headlines for being the site of one of the most dramatic mining disasters in recent history.  On August 5 the roof of the San José Mine, a gold-copper mine located 45 kilometers (28 miles) north of the city, collapsed trapping 33 miners 2,200 feet underground.

The trapped miners -- 1 Bolivian and 32 Chileans -- are currently getting along well, as most of the massive mine remained intact and rescue crews have managed to lower food and supplies via bore holes (roughly the width of a grapefruit).  But the bad news is that it may take at least three months to drill the miners out -- which doctors warn may have serious physical and psychological effects.

To prevent the miners from falling into despair or worse, rescuers have offered them an escape from reality -- Sony's Playstation Portable (PSP).  The PSPs were delivered [Google Translated from Japanese] over the weekend via the cups that shuttle supplies to the men down the bore holes.

Video games are enjoyed for a variety of reasons --- including their ability to help people escape reality.  This may be the first instance of this attribute being put to use in a rescue/emergency scenario, though.

There's no official word yet on what game titles were delivered or how frequently they miners will get new games.  Also up in the air is power for the devices.  The PSPs feature a roughly 6 hour battery life, but it's thought that that power cables lowered down the borehole may be able to extend the miners' gaming sessions to marathon lengths.

While the idea of using video games in an emergency rescue at first though seems laughable, it could seriously have a positive impact in helping reduce the amount of psychological trauma the miners endure during their lengthy stay. 

We're guessing Sony has no complaints about the free publicity.

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3 Months...
By KIAman on 8/30/2010 2:15:27 PM , Rating: 2
If I were trapped for 3 months somewhere, I would catch up on all my reading. A PsP would get boring fast. Books FTW

RE: 3 Months...
By axeman1957 on 8/30/2010 2:24:02 PM , Rating: 1
Will a kindle fit down :-)

RE: 3 Months...
By Bal on 8/30/2010 2:25:39 PM , Rating: 1
Better be backlit...e-ink aint gonna work real well down there!

RE: 3 Months...
By RugMuch on 8/30/10, Rating: -1
RE: 3 Months...
By theArchMichael on 8/30/2010 4:30:15 PM , Rating: 1
I will literally be spitting when I write my thesis

It would be funny if you were spitting when defending it too lol. Youtube that sh!t homey, that's one video I'd prefer to watch over reading the article :-)

RE: 3 Months...
By sviola on 8/30/2010 4:36:38 PM , Rating: 1
Well, from your rant, I would say that you would be the last person on earth t write thesis (usually it requires reading hundreds of papers and books, not mentioning writing a lot).

RE: 3 Months...
By FaceMaster on 8/30/2010 3:24:14 PM , Rating: 2
If I were trapped for 3 months somewhere, I would catch up on all my reading. A PsP would get boring fast. Books FTW

Oh God, I'd rather just receive and Ipad and be done with life.

RE: 3 Months...
By Gul Westfale on 8/30/2010 3:54:39 PM , Rating: 2
If I were trapped for 3 months somewhere, I would catch up on all my reading. A PsP would get boring fast. Books FTW

like these ones?
oh, and an ipad wouldn't fit through the boreholes... and I wonder how they will keep the PSPs charged up. they do appear to have some small trucks and other mining equipment down there, but the exhaust from running the engines would kill the oxygen they have. so do they have to send the machines back up each day for recharging?

RE: 3 Months...
By AstroGuardian on 8/30/2010 5:17:10 PM , Rating: 2
If you get an iPad down there you could set those poor souls on fire (by overheating... ask Steve) and end the adventurous rescue prematurely.

RE: 3 Months...
By Gul Westfale on 8/30/2010 6:25:08 PM , Rating: 5
and they'd be all like "Que? no flash?"

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