Saturday, September 09, 2006

Modified video game shows promise for stroke rehabilitation

The engineers at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, are using a modified XBox to fasten the rehabilitation process of stroke patients.

The low cost system is used for hand exercises in virtual environments and is a good alternative or supplement to much more expensive rehabilitation processes that are sometimes prohibitively expensive.

Friday, September 01, 2006

The Escapist Magazine on learning through gaming

Issue 59 of the Escapist Magazine concentrates on learning various skills through gaming.

The first article is about using puzzle games stop a multiple sclerosis patient's congnitive skills from detoriating with the disease.

The second article talks about how games can be help the learning process in the classrooms.

The article on racing games describes one gamer's experience in developing his real world racing skills by training on video games.

The next article discusses Piano Wizard, a piano playing training program which makes piano lessons more like playtime and cheaper than paying an instructor to teach your toddler.

The last article is about The Oregon Trail, perhaps the first really popular edutainment video game.

It's a great issue, as always.