Games for Health 2009 Preview

Games for Health SloganThe fifth edition of Games for Health conference will be taking place June 11-12, 2009 in Boston, MA. The annual gathering will bring together researchers, medical professionals and game developers to discuss the impact technology can have on health care and policy.

Participants will share their experience and research on exergaming and active games, physical therapy, cognitive health, training games as well as disease management technology.

The sold out conference features over 50 speakers, including two keynote presentations: Shyang Kong of EA Sports will discuss the virtual fitness revolution and the recent launch of EA Sports Active; and, Steven Brown of 3Banana will speak about the “games for health ecosystem” based on new technology and portable media advancements. Read More...

Conferences Recognize Serious and Educational Games with Awards

Games for Change LogoThe Games for Change 6th Annual Festival wrapped up on May 29, 2009 after three full days of discussion and sharing on the real-world impact of digital games and their place as an agent for social change. Bringing together non-profit organizations, academics, journalists and game developers, the event aimed to explore how best to use the power of games to address issues like poverty, climate change, global conflicts and human rights.

The Games for Change conference was also the stage for the 2009 Knight News Game Award, meant to highlight the year’s best news game: journalistic games which enhance an individual's ability to make decisions within democracy. The award winners were announced on May 28. Read More...

Virtual Heroes Acquired by Applied Research Associates

Applied Research Associates, Inc.Renowned serious games developer Virtual Heroes was purchased on April 16, 2009 by New Mexico-based Applied Research Associates, Inc. (ARA), a company mainly involved in the research, design and development of advanced technology systems and products.

Terms of the transaction were not made public. However, Virtual Heroes’ employees and software development operations will remain based in Research Triangle Park, N.C. The company will be fully integrated as the ‘Virtual Heroes’ Division of ARA. Additionally, Virtual Heroes' 41 employees are getting cash payments for having owned part of the company through private stock. Read More...