Computer and Video Games: Game for a Better Future

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Teenagers have a tendency to really enjoy video games. The idea of being able to immerse yourself into another character's life and make choices for them is absolutely amazing. The most incredible concept about video games is how they allow us to relate and plunge into our character’s world and get away from the troubles and boredom of our own lives. Most teenagers appreciate video games for entertainment uses only, but most people don’t know the endless possibilities of other ways it can be used. For example, assisting patients with diseases. An article, published by a Nursing School (UCSF) and a Video Game Company (Red Hill), claimed certain video games could help people with Parkinson’s disease. “Parkinson's disease (PD) is a chronic and progressive movement disorder, meaning that symptoms continue and worsen over time” (“What is”). The symptoms related to this disease include: Tremor of hands, arms, legs, jaw, and face. Lethargy. Stiffness of the victim’s limbs, and instability of their posture. This specific disease affects “nearly one million people in the US” (“What is”). Finally someone is doing something about this seemingly inevitable disease. Red Hill Studios and UCSF, after 3 months of research, found that more than half of the participants “showed small improvements in walking speed, balance, and stride length” (Fernandez) playing computer based physical therapy games. The patients are fitted with a suit with nine tracking sensors, then play games similar to Wii and Xbox Kinect games facing the TV (which is connected to a PC Console). The results are then sent to a “secure database allowing the research teams to track the subjects’ performance daily”(Fernandez). Although some people argue that video games are for per... ... middle of paper ... the effect of training your brain with video games on certain patients with mental disorders, as Brooks mentioned above. Overall until now all results seem to be positive, they are eager to soon update their research with new findings. This research can truly benefit the future of our world, help prevent certain diseases by training your brain before, and even help cure this plague on our society. Hopefully in the near future we will be free of diseases haunting our society. Works Cited Brooks, Megan. "Medscape Multispecialty." Medscape Log In. Medscape, 8 Nov. 2013. Web. 23 May 2014. Fernandez, Elizabeth. "Computer Games Help People with Parkinson's Disease." University of California, San Francisco. UCSF, 11 Oct. 2011. Web. 23 May 2014. "What Is Parkinson’s Disease?" Parkinson’s Disease Foundation. Parkinson’s Disease Foundation, n.d. Web. 23 May 2014.
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