Everyone loves this two-year-old's reaction to seeing Bruce Banner become the Hulk
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There are some moments in life you can never get back. Seeing the twist in "The Empire Strikes Back." Meeting your husband or wife for the first time. The first time you rode a roller coaster.

With the advent of social media, parents have been taking video of their children watching pivotal moments in pop culture to share their reactions. Irish comedian Paddy Raff filmed his two-year-old daughter, Clara's reaction where she saw Bruce Banner turn into the Hulk for the first time.


And we all know what happens when he becomes the Hulk, right? He smashes everything in sight.

The video was tweeted out on Wednesday, October 9, and it already has over 300,000 likes. According to Clara's dad, the movie was either 2012's "The Avengers" 2015's "Avengers: Age of Ultron."

He's unsure because his son was in charge of the remote control when the video was taken.

There are four elements that make this video adorable:

1. The way she wags her finger at the Hulk for being naughty and chastises him, "No!"

2. The Spider-man figure that's beside her as she watches the movie.

3. The way she moves between being enthralled by the movie but still has the presence of mind to keep eating.

4. Then there's the big look of pure shock.

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The video is so cute that it even grabbed the attention of the man who plays Banner, Mark Ruffalo.

The Avengers are a big thing in this family. Clara loves playing with her brother's figures and feeds them breakfast when he goes to school.

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The video has inspired some great responses on Twitter.


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If someone were to say "video games" to you, what are the first words that come to mind? Whatever words you thought of (fun, exciting, etc.), we're willing to guess "healthy" or "mental health tool" didn't pop into your mind.

And yet… it turns out they are. Especially for Veterans.

How? Well, for one thing, video games — and virtual reality more generally — are also more accessible and less stigmatized to veterans than mental health treatment. In fact, some psychiatrists are using virtual reality systems for this reason to treat PTSD.

Secondly, video games allow people to socialize in new ways with people who share common interests and goals. And for Veterans, many of whom leave the military feeling isolated or lonely after they lose the daily camaraderie of their regiment, that socialization is critical to their mental health. It gives them a virtual group of friends to talk with, connect to, and relate to through shared goals and interests.

In addition, according to a 2018 study, since many video games simulate real-life situations they encountered during their service, it makes socialization easier since they can relate to and find common ground with other gamers while playing.

This can help ease symptoms of depression, anxiety, and even PTSD in Veterans, which affects 20% of the Veterans who have served since 9/11.

Watch here as Verizon dives into the stories of three Veteran gamers to learn how video games helped them build community, deal with trauma and have some fun.

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Video games have been especially beneficial to Veterans since the beginning of the pandemic when all of us — Veterans included — have been even more isolated than ever before.

And that's why Verizon launched a challenge last year, which saw $30,000 donated to four military charities.

And this year, they're going even bigger by launching a new World of Warships charity tournament in partnership with Wargaming and Wounded Warrior Project called "Verizon Warrior Series." During the tournament, gamers will be able to interact with the game's iconic ships in new and exciting ways, all while giving back.

Together with these nonprofits, the tournament will welcome teams all across the nation in order to raise money for military charities helping Veterans in need. There will be a $100,000 prize pool donated to these charities, as well as donation drives for injured Veterans at every match during the tournament to raise extra funds.

Verizon is also providing special discounts to Those Who Serve communities, including military and first responders, and they're offering a $75 in-game content military promo for World of Warships.

Tournament finals are scheduled for August 8, so be sure to tune in to the tournament and donate if you can in order to give back to Veterans in need.

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