22570When Penn State professor Benjamin Hickerson wants to touch base with one of his far-away friends, he doesn’t turn to Facebook, email, videochatting or even text messaging.

Instead, Hickerson picks up a game controller and logs in to play “Call of Duty.”

Hickerson’s friend isn’t just far away — he’s stationed overseas in the military.

“I don’t call my friends on the phone much anymore and without video games, he and I wouldn’t talk,” Hickerson said. “But we play ‘Call of Duty’ together and it’s like it’s 1999 again.”