Darik Kirschman recalls a time when found solace in video games when he was a bullied teen.
"I remember a particular bully, a real jerk who mocked me endlessly for liking video games and spending my free time during class reading or playing Game Boy (back before Pokémon grew so popular that they banned the handhelds). I understood that fighting was wrong, so instead of hurling abuse back, I simply bit my tongue and endured. As a grade-school boy, it hurt. Rather than do the sensible thing and alert a teacher or parent to the bullying, I retreated into the fantasy worlds that I so loved. I found empowerment in video games rather than my everyday life of school, homework and chores."