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PlayStation (PS3) Move.Me Game Designed to Help Kids Cope with Cancer

By September 26, 2011

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Over the summer I had the privilege of working with a group of doctors, graduate students, and other professionals on a very special video game code named the "P.E. Game" or patient empowerment game.

The goal was to create a motion-controlled game to help kids with cancer get exercise while hospitalized, to help the maintain their fighting spirit, and to understand key facts in their treatment.

With initial funding from the department of pediatrics at the University of Utah, we used Sony's Move.Me (we were given beta access) to create a prototype that we're finally ready to show patients.

I cannot say enough about how companies, like Sony with Move.Me, granting access to game development tools has incredible potential to not only expand the world of games, but to truly make a difference.

Fingers crossed that the game takes off and that the initial success we've had in early tests is an indicator that motion controlled games, like the PS3's Move, have true therapeutic value.

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Comments
October 5, 2011 at 5:36 pm
(1) Palmar Singh says:

It’s quite ironic that a game helping cancer patients is being developed when the actual console is made from parts that are dipped in chemicals and sprayed with carcinogens. Maybe instead of designing games to help cancer patients, people should find a way to prevent cancer in the first place (like using materials that aren’t toxic for electronics).

October 23, 2011 at 4:52 pm
(2) Eric BoBeric says:

How can we give more hope to kids than taking something they love and using it to better their lives. To use a technology that is out there and put a truly positive spin on it. Facebook has aided revolutions, is facebook good or evil? No facebook is only a tool.

The people who made this tool are good and using it for a good cause. I applaud you all, please keep up the good work and use tools children like to send them positive messages.

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