Without a doubt, video games have become an incredibly popular activity for many people, with one study even finding that almost half of all Americans play them. They can even act as a stress reliever for some, and when one is on a near-constant touring schedule in a world renowned band like Korn’s Jonathan Davis, the medium can often be a life saver. As it so happens, the frontman for the metal band recently revealed that video games actually helped him to recover from a life-threatening disorder back in 2006.

As seen in the video below courtesy of Glixel, Davis explains that he took an antibiotic in 2006, which resulted in his contraction of a rare disease called ITP (AKA idiopathic thrombocytopenic purpura) – an auto-immune disorder that affects platelet levels – and he turned to video games to take his mind off of the situation. According to the Korn lead singer, “I thought I was gonna die at the time.”

“Video games, to me, have always been therapeutic. It makes me forget about what’s going on, and maybe that’s the lure for a lot of people. It’s therapy for me.

“I just threw myself into gaming and making music, and that’s never stopped.”

Jonathan Davis

When he is not fronting Korn, Jonathan Davis can be found playing video games from Attack on Titan to Toy Story. Davis takes us through how he used gaming during the hardest times of his life.

Posted by How I Play on Wednesday, September 13, 2017

When it comes to the types of games Davis enjoys, it’s likely that many would presume him to be a horror or first-person shooter aficionado and mainly play games from the Resident Evil or Call of Duty series, but in actuality, he’s into more vibrantly colorful titles such as Attack on Titan, Slime Rancher, and Toy Story 3. In fact, whenever Korn goes on tour, Davis explains that it’s essential for him to bring along his Xbox One, as it allows him to play and interact with his kids online even when he’s not at home.

All things considered, it’s not too surprising that video games are a preferred refuge for musicians like Davis, for playing them not only helps him relax while on tour, but they also serve as a means for him to clear his head during the frustrating moments in the writing and recording process. And while games have been a common source of entertainment for quite a while, there’s also a case to be made in their ability to benefit one’s health.

Source: Glixel

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