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Computer Games and Virtual Worlds for Health, Assistive Therapeutics, and Performance Enhancement



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Computer Games and Virtual Worlds for Health Assistive Therapeutics and Performance Enhancement Walt Scacchi Center for Computer Games and Virtual Worlds School of Information and Computer Sciences University of California Irvine Overview Games for Health Game play devices with possible therapeutic applications Games for assisted therapeutic rehabilitation and physical performance training Game based therapy rehabilitation protocols Games and tele rehabilitation Recommendations 2 SimHealth A National Health Care System Game 3 Wellness game from Health Care Insurer 4 Quest for the Code Game for learning about asthma Learning objectives Early warning signs and symptoms Identifying and avoiding asthma triggers Myths about asthma How asthma affects the lungs Proper use of asthma medication devices Long term control medicine and quick relief medicine Measuring and monitoring peak flow How to answer questions from peers about asthma 5 Some findings on Games for Health Therapeutic Applications The design and utility of a game to realize therapeutic value is not obvious E Flores G Tobon et al Improving Patient Motivation in Game Development for Motor Deficit Rehabilitation ACM 2008 Intern Conf Advances in Computer Entertainment 381 384 6 Games for Health Four focus areas for enabling human behavior change for health Increasing physical activity and performance Mobility dance exercise overcoming obesity increasing agility Nintendo Wii Sports and Wii Balance Board Improve self managed health care Training or learning games for facilitating patient self care and understanding purpose of self care protocols Healthy Lifestyle improvement Diet mitigating easily transmitted diseases ailments Facilitating therapy Technology mediated therapy games often focus more on evaluating potential of new technology in therapy New game play devices are expanding the possibilities for games for health 7 Game play devices with possible therapeutic applications Simulated devices Guitar Hero



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