Friday, October 27, 2006

Video games featuring life, not slaughter

…Had to happen sooner or later—something good about video games. Law of averages.

…Writing in the WSJ (Oct 23, 2006), Nick Wingfield talks about a game called Re-Mission, in which players control a nanobot named Roxxi that gets injected into the body and zaps cancer cells to giblets.

…Real-life cancer patients play it to help their visualization of destruction of the bad cells in their bodies. Ths game comes complete with a stool softener gun, and who could ask for more?

…Another video game called Pulse! Allows professionals to sharpen their emergency med skills. The Navy is even funding it.

…Other games are designed to lessen phobias. For instance, one game is chockful of spiders.

…HA has written about Dance Dance Revolution for WebMD. DDR is an exergame—you have to move to play it. Kinda like Twister on steroids with lots of jumping around.

…Still other ones tease the brain and try to keep our cranky neurons alive. Examples are Brain Age and Brain Age Academy.

…One 11-year-old said playing Re-Mission made him feel like he could defeat his cancer.

…OK, so this is at least a little smart.

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