Snow World Helps Soothe Soldier's Pain

Snow World Helps Soothe Soldier's Pain

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How do you ease the suffering of wounded soldiers? Give them a game to play.

Snow World, originally written for children by Hunter Hoffman & David Patterson, is now being tested on soldiers suffering from burns, and the results are astounding.

Based in the Harborview Burn Center, the game, seen here, works by distracting the patient from the severe pain caused by burns. One soldier, struck by an rocket-propelled grenade in Iraq, was brought from a state where "every moment was focussed on pain," to "having great fun."

Burn victims are often trapped in a cycle of pain where the nerve endings are being constantly triggered, whilst the skin forms back over the wound and stretches tight across it. This process can last months, even years. Medication can only do so much to ease the pain, so the potential for a game to be used as therapy is particularly exciting.

So who says games can't have positive benefits?

Source : Ars Technica

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Easing pain is usually a good thing, so that's great. And it can't hurt the gaming world's image.

galletea:
Easing pain is usually a good thing, so that's great. And it can't hurt the gaming world's image.

Can't hurt? More, is seriously helping! This gives us gamers a boost!

Watched the video, and I guess it turns out that gaming can drastically affect the brain.....cool...

Interesting, glad to know for once gaming is actually helping someone.

Gaming is taking over the world. Seriously. First it becomes bigger than film, and now its gonna be used in hospitals? We. Win. Next, world domination!

kapzer:
Gaming is taking over the world. Seriously. First it becomes bigger than film, and now its gonna be used in hospitals? We. Win. Next, world domination!

But that would require going...*gulp*....outside

On topic - this is a good idea, I smiled just watching the penguins get blown up by snowballs.

Thats why I play games: life is pain.

Just don't give them something like Call of Duty, it might bring up bad memories...

Nice! Great boost to our rep. 'eh?

Glad games can be used for something so positive other then keeping me from going outside and being exposed to the horror that is UV rays.

Looks like a great idea, though if I may be be so bold: the music for Snow World seems like torture in itself!

D_987:

kapzer:
Next, world domination!

But that would require going...*gulp*....outside

My wife looked at me weird, because I burst out laughing when I read that comment.
Brilliant.

On topic, I think this is great! Not just because they are using games in hospitals, but that people are really working at helping our injured veterans heal faster/be more comfortable during recovery.

Well done!

What? Lies, games only teach children to murder and steal cars and rabblerabblegrumblegrr...

I;ve heard of videos doing the same thing... the idea's not new, but it's still nice to see that video games have been decided to be used in such a positive manner.

lol first they use games like AA to get ppl into the army and then they use games to help them afterwards, maybe they should joust do like the rest of us gamers and skip the in between part.

D_987:

kapzer:
Gaming is taking over the world. Seriously. First it becomes bigger than film, and now its gonna be used in hospitals? We. Win. Next, world domination!

But that would require going...*gulp*....outside

If we're good nerds we don't have to leave our 'pooters!

That's nice. Pretty cool that games can help people get through burns.

If this works with burn wounds then all we have to do is give terrorist organisations 360's, PS3's and WII's and the war on terror will be won, mainly because they will be too busy fragging eachother....

 

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