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Games for Health Conference

May 16, 2012

When  first envisioned this blog, I made a distinction for myself between sports, games simulating sports, and games designed for fitness such as Your Shape, Walk It Out, or a whole range of recent Kinect and Wii titles. Those electronic fitness trainers, in my mind, were just interactive workout tapes, and not worthy of much attention.

As I thought about it more, I came to realize that exer-games are one of the richest fields of development of the interaction between physical activity and game design, and I was really doing myself a dis-service not to take a closer look at them. Goals are a major part of any game design, and they can provide powerful motivations. Something like Fitocracy may not be a sport per se, but it still may tell us something about how you can design motivations and shape an active player’s experience, which are important lessons in designing new sports.

So, I’m going to make a point of trying to spend a little more time investigating those sorts of games and game-like physical experiences. With that in mind, I recently found out about the Games For Health Conference, taking place in Boston later this year. While many of the topics are related to nutrition education and medical topics such as pain management, there are also a number of sessions such as “Introducing the Exertion Games Lab” and “Health Games Research National Program: Discoveries and Game Design Principles from Our Grantees’ Research”.


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