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Can games ease pain?

January 31, 2011 By: Ladan Category: computer, health impacts of gaming, new media

BBC Two will air an episode of Horizon tonight about the topic of “Pain.” Included is a discussion about a game designed to help patients cope with the excruciating pain that can come with the prolonged recovery from severe burn injuries. The immersive virtual game called “SnowWorld” allows the patient to “escape from their pain”, according to the accompanying BBC article.

I think this is yet another powerful proof that we have still barely scratched the surface of the positive impact that games can have. In the case of a game like WoW, I have spoken to quite a few families who have used games like WoW as a beneficial learning/focusing/development tool to help their child who struggles with something like dyslexia, Asperger’s Syndrome, autism, or ADD. I am not sure how many of them have been involved in something like raiding, but I have been told, at least anecdotally by a few hard core raiders, that the social interaction of raiding has had a positive impact on their long term social development.