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Video Games to Offer Digital Psychiatry

Discussion in 'Games' started by manson_ze, Feb 8, 2007.

  1. manson_ze

    manson_ze New Member

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    Instead of spending an absurdly high hourly rate for a psychiatrist, just pop a little cartridge into your DS


    Not all video games have to be violent or entertaining; some can benefit the well being of individuals. A new game launched by Tokyo-based Dimple Entertainment, titled DS Therapy, is designed to judge a person's social and mental health just by answering a few simple questions.

    Following the success of Brain Age, the video game that stimulates the mind and exercises the brain, developers are seeing a different side to gaming. Instead of driving a car, shooting people or casting spells, the new series of games will promote mental and social health by informing you on your current conditions.

    The designer of another videogame to promote mental health, Mindhabbits Booster, is Mark Baldwin, a psychology professor at McGill University in Montreal, Canada. He and his research team, according to Reuters, designed the games based on social psychology research. By using the repetitive components of video gaming, Mindhabbits Booster displays images or gives text samples and asks the player to choose an option, such as a smiling face out of a series of sad faces, multiple times. The game then deciphers the psychological health of the player or the mood the player is in that day. The game is also said by developers to increase self-esteem and reduce stress by training players to look for acceptance and ignore rejection.

    This new category of video games will hopefully somewhat subdue protestors, with developers having more time and money spent on developing games that have a positive impact on players rather than parents just trying to take games off store shelves.

    DS Therapy is expected to launch in May of this year in Japan, but no U.S. release date has been confirmed.

    source: DailyTech
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    I think thats a very good step forward, mostly for NINTENDO sales :p
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    Do you mean computer psychiatry in the form of a black and white spinning disk? :roll:

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