Ukraine video game 'The Point of No Return' highlights soldiers' post-war trauma

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A Ukrainian video game depicts the daily routine of a soldier in the country's separatist-controlled east, where Russia-backed rebels and Ukrainian forces have been fighting for years.

The game is intended to help others understand the challenges soldiers struggling with post-war trauma are facing.

Video games are often violent, featuring war and bloodshed.

But "The Point of No Return", by visual storyteller and video game designer Alexey Furman, isn't like most games.

The project is focused on educating those who haven't been to a war zone about soldiers' experiences there, and also helping people close to war veterans understand what they have been through.

"You are playing as a man who makes a decision to enlist, to go to the war zone. And then he goes to the war zone and spends some significant time out there. And comes back home with a mental and physical trauma," explains Furman.

The game is created in the popular RPG (role-playing game) style, but, according to its developers, it is nothing like a classic war game.

It's designed to show the real atmosphere soldiers face on the frontlines, visualising real locations and details Ukrainian soldiers see during service.

Furman says the game is aimed at breaking the emotional barriers between those who have been at war, and those who haven't.

"What I'm trying to do with 'The Point of No Return' is sort of build bridges between the war veterans and the experience that they have gone through, with the people who have not been to the war zone, who do not know what it's like to be under mortar shelling every day," he says.

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