Friday, May 04, 2012

Many video gamers disabled



According to the Entertainment Software Assn, the average video game player is 35 and getting older.

They used to be young…But one tenet of gaming is, “Once a gamer, always a gamer.”

So with 60% o households owning a game console and one in 10 Americans being physically disabled in some way—it’s a natural that gaming is not only embraced by the disabled—but is being studied as a medical approach.

A group at the Georgia Health Sciences University in Augusta is studying the use of the Wii Sports Package for people with Parkinson’s.

Wielding the Wiimote and playing tennis, baseball, bowling, boxing and the other games a few times a week has been shown to improve the ability of patients to stand up and walk a distance and perform other tests of their abilities.

Depression, which affects as many as half of Parkinson’s patients, all but disappears.

Another group at University of California SF, in connection with Red Hill Studios, a game developer, is also creating games that target Parkinson’s symptoms.

Gaming is fun!

For more information on gaming for the disabled, go to Able Gamers at www.ablegamers.com. There you will find games for the Play Station, Wii, Xbox, and other platforms.

There is also a forum for questions.

I wanted to do some full motion video gaming, but my TV is too lousy.

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