Note: In 2013, Health Games Research completed its work. This web site is now an archive and will not be updated. Please visit the web site of the Center for Digital Games Research www.cdgr.ucsb.edu at UC Santa Barbara to find current information about health games and the broader field of digital games, and to use the Health Games Research online searchable database.

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Symptom Scenes

"Symptom Scenes is an arcade game featuring a cast of cute characters suffering from Meningitis or Septicaemia. It's a race against time to recognize the symptoms and save as many as you can!

Game genre:
Action/Adventure
Educational
Entertainment
Puzzle

Health topic:
Brain
Emergency Response
Infectious Disease
Public Health

How to Obtain (Games, Resources):
Download
Free
Online

Target Population:
Adults
Children
General Audience
Health Care Professionals
Young Children

tagthenet categories:
age
App
arcade
education
Emergency
game
Hospital
Learning
Life
Meningitis
nbsp
race
Response
Scenes
Septicaemia
Symptom
Symptoms
time

Social Tags:
CDATA
Medical emergencies
Meningitis
Symptom
Technology
XML

Game platform:
Handheld Device
Multi-Platform


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Pain Tricks

"A colourful collection of tricks to make medical procedures less scary and sore. For kids and grown ups too!

 

Game genre:
Educational

Health topic:
Cancer
Cognition
Injuries and Rehabilitation
Pain
Public Health
Stress and Coping

How to Obtain (Games, Resources):
Download
Free
Online

tagthenet categories:
App
Children
collection
course
disease
Distraction
Doctor
game
health
Help
Info
injection
nbsp
Pain
Parents
procedure
time
Touch
Tricks

Social Tags:
CDATA
Medicine
Pain
Pain management
Technology

Target Population:
Children
General Audience
Health Care Professionals

Game platform:
Handheld Device
Multi-Platform


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Serious Games for Diabetes, Obesity, and Healthy Lifestyle

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“Serious Games for Diabetes, Obesity, and Healthy Lifestyle,” a special symposium in the July 2012 issue of the Journal of Diabetes Science and Technology, features five research articles from grantees of RWJF's national program, Health Games Research. The issue is guest co-edited by Health Games Research National Program Director Debra Lieberman of the University of California, Santa Barbara, and by Deborah Thompson, PhD, associate professor of pediatrics at Baylor College of Medicine and research nutritionist with the Agricultural Research Service, the main in-house research arm of the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

The symposium contains five research articles that investigate design strategies and effects of health behavior change games aimed at motivating and supporting players’ physical activity. Four of the articles study exergames, such as Wii Fit, which require physical exertion as the interface to the game. Another article studies a technology-supported alternate reality game that challenges players to solve a mystery and, in the process, engage in physical activity in various locations in the community. These five research articles report on work funded by the Health Games Research national program of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s Pioneer Portfolio.

Health topic:
Diabetes
Obesity and Weight Loss

How to Obtain (Games, Resources):
Online

Position:
associate professor
associate professor of pediatrics
Director
nutritionist

Social Tags:
Bariatrics
Biology
Body shape
CDATA
Diabetes
Diabetes mellitus
Foundations
Health
Medicine
Metabolic disorders
Nutrition
Obesity
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
Technology
XML

Organization:
Baylor College of Medicine
U.S. Department of Agriculture
University of California, Santa Barbara

Facility:
Baylor College of Medicine
University of California

Province Or State:
California

Events Facts:
Contact Details
Person Career
Person Location

Person:
Deborah Thompson
Debra Lieberman

Target Population:
General Audience

Publication type:
Journal Article

Resource type:
Research Literature

Calais Document Category:
Technology


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SuperBetter

"SuperBetter helps you achieve your health goals — or recover from an illness or injury — by increasing your personal resilience.

Game genre:
Educational
Entertainment

Health topic:
Behavior and Personality
Health Care and Medicine
Social Issues and Skills
Stress and Coping

How to Obtain (Games, Resources):
Free
Online

tagthenet categories:
ability
face
game
health
illness
injury
nbsp
resilience
science
SuperBetter
tool

Social Tags:
CDATA
Motivation
National security
Optimism
Positive psychology
Psychological resilience
Resilience
Technology

Target Population:
General Audience

Game platform:
Internet


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Malaria

"The Mosquito and Parasite educational games and related reading, are based on the 1902 and 1907 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine.

Game genre:
Educational

Health topic:
Infectious Disease

How to Obtain (Games, Resources):
Free
Online

Social Tags:
Apicomplexa
DDT
Malaria
Mosquito
Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine
Technology

tagthenet categories:
blood
control
guide
Malaria
mission
Mosquito
Nobel
Parasite
Prize
reading

Target Population:
General Audience

URL:
http://www.nobelprize.org/educational/medicine/malaria/index.html

Game platform:
Internet


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Tuberculosis - Experiments & Discoveries

"Robert Koch proved definitively that the dreaded disease tuberculosis is caused by specific bacteria. How did he do it?

Game genre:
Educational

Health topic:
Health Care and Medicine

How to Obtain (Games, Resources):
Free
Online

Social Tags:
Bacteria
CDATA
Infectious disease
Microbiology
Robert Koch
Staining
Technology
Tuberculosis

tagthenet categories:
Discoveries
disease
game
glass
nbsp
slide
Staining
technique
today
Tuberculosis

Target Population:
General Audience

Game platform:
Internet

Person:
Robert Koch


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Whyville

"Whyville was launched in 1999 as a virtual city for engaging young people in constructive educational activities while promoting socially responsible behavior.

Game genre:
Educational
Entertainment

Health topic:
Social Issues and Skills

How to Obtain (Games, Resources):
Free
Online

tagthenet categories:
angular
art
behavior
city
href
interact
math
momentum
nbsp
range
science
self
target
title
WhyPox
Whyville
WhyWellness

Social Tags:
Angular momentum
Avatar: The Last Airbender
CDATA
Club Penguin
Document
Numedeon
Simulation
Technology
Virtual world
Whyville
XML

Game platform:
Internet

Target Population:
Pre-Teens
Teens
Young Adults


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EnGaming

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Description: 

"EnGaming is dedicated to delivering the best Gamification info to improve your customer loyalty and engagement for your brands, products, and services. This can be achieved through our: Sneak Peeks, Case Studies, and list of Gamification Experts."

Type: 
Blog
How to Obtain (Games, Resources):
Online

Target Population:
Adults
General Audience

Resource type:
Blog

Social Tags:
CDATA
Document
HTML
HTML element
Technology
XML

URL:
http://myengaming.com/welcome

Technical Expertise Required:
Medium

Calais Document Category:
Technology


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Mission Nutrition

"Are you up to this nutrition challenge? Explore our kitchen and find out. You can open the fridge, snoop in the cabinet, and even play the message on the answering machine."

Game genre:
Educational
Entertainment

Health topic:
Food and Nutrition

How to Obtain (Games, Resources):
Free
Online

tagthenet categories:
cabinet
challenge
Explore
fridge
kitchen
machine
message
mission
Nutrition
snoop

Social Tags:
CDATA
Healthy diet
Nutrition
Technology
XML

Target Population:
Children
Teens

URL:
http://kidshealth.org/kid/closet/games/game_nutrition.html#cat122

Game platform:
Internet


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Games and Simulation for Healthcare Library and Database

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"This website aims to provide a portal and network to meet the needs of clinicians, researchers and educators in the healthcare community who want to integrate games and simulation into their scholarship and patient care strategy.  This resource also welcomes healthcare consumers, advocates, and others interested in patient and clinician education, and clinical research taking advantage of games and simulation-based learning."

Technical Expertise Required: 
Medium
Health topic:
Health Care and Medicine
Injuries and Rehabilitation

How to Obtain (Games, Resources):
Online
Register

Social Tags:
CDATA
Education
Health
Labor
Operations research
Simulation
Social Issues
Technology

Resource type:
Database
Health/Medical Resource

Calais Document Category:
Education
Health
Labor
Social Issues
Technology

Target Population:
Health Care Professionals

Technical Expertise Required:
Medium

Game platform:
Multi-Platform

Technology:
simulation


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