Games in Healthcare

Bulldog Interactive Gym Bought by Media Firm

Bulldog InteractiveDHX Media, an international producer and distributor of family friendly television and interactive contents, has announced that it has bought Bulldog Interactive Fitness. The Canadian fitness chain which features training equipment based on video games, currently has eight locations across the country.

As reported by Game Forward, Bulldog Interactive encourages kids to be fit while having fun. Bulldog offers video game systems like Nintendo's Wii and software like Konami's Dance Dance Revolution, and other exercise programs to motivate kids. Read More...

Experts Determine Reality of Wiiitis

A Depiction of Tennis ElbowResearchers from the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota have been investigating the impact of handling the Wii Remote controller on gamers. In an article to be released in the May 2008 issue of the Skeletal Radiology medical journal, the group’s study reveals the condition is real.

The affliction was brought to light last year by Dr. Julio Bonis, who woke up one morning with a sore shoulder after having played Wii Sports Tennis for hours, days before. The physician wrote about his condition, which he dubbed Wiiitis, to the New England Journal of Medicine. Read More...

Study: Video Gaming Addicts Display Signs of Asperger’s

Dr. John CharltonA study released in April, 2008 finds that some hardcore gamers show similar traits to individuals living with Asperger’s Syndrome, a mild form of Autism.

Dr. John Charlton of the University of Bolton and Ian Danforth of Whitman College, USA released details of their research at this year’s British Psychological Society’s Annual Conference, in Dublin.

They interviewed 391 computer gamers, 86 percent of them men and compared their level of engagement to a game with personality traits. The researchers found that the closer a player got to addiction the more likely he or she was to display negative personality traits. Read More...

Dentists in Training to Benefit from Interactive Technology

Dental Implant Training SimulationDentistry students across the world will soon benefit from video game technology to practice and improve their skills. At the start of the 2008 Games for Health Conference in Baltimore, Serious Games developer BreakAway Ltd. announced it has partnered with the Medical College of Georgia to create an innovative dental implant training simulation.

The application will be powered by the developer’s exclusive Pulse!! technology. Inspired by first-person shooter video games, it will let dental students interact with patients in a three-dimensional virtual dental office. Read More...