If there's an upside to spending months trapped in a mine in Chile, it's that you get a ton of time to play games. The rescue holes they dug in Chile are just wide enough to fit a Nintendo DS or PSP, and you'd have countless hours to while away while buried alive playing Chinatown Wars. Sadly, evil psychiatrists are taking that pleasure away from the poor miners. In an effort to keep the crew in the mine sane, professionals have denied requests for MP3 players and video game systems, because it is feel they are too isolating.
"With earphones, if they're listening to music and someone calls them, asking for help or to warn them about something, they're not available," The rescue effort's lead psychiatrist Alberto Iturra Benavidesm said. "What they need is to be together."
If I were trapped in an underground mine, I'd totally play Dig-Dug.
The miners' daily life consists of labor (clearing rocks dropped by the various rescue bore holes, and other maintenance tasks), as well as recreation including watching TV and movies, talking with their families, and daily group meetings to keep everyone sane, and even video chats, but no gaming or stereos.
As yet, the group hasn't encountered any previously undiscovered, monstrous subterranean races that feast on human souls, but imaginary Chilean scientists on the scene expect the meeting will happen very soon, and have advised the miners to close their eyes and keep them closed, no matter how strong the temptation to stare into the creatures' terrible, dead eyes.
Source: Washington Post