Computer Game Designers Try Health Promotion

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) - Computer gaming is not traditionally associated with promoting good health.

But at Champlain College in Burlington and other academic institutions around the country, designers are looking for a better role to play. They are developing games aimed at helping people improve their health in a variety of ways.

A company started by a team from Champlain has joined with the Vermont Department of Health to launch a new game aimed at helping
people stop smoking.

Designer Amanda Crispel says the game is designed to tie up a smoker's hands and brain for five to 10 minutes - long enough to get through a cigarette craving.

But she acknowledges that smokers can trade their tobacco addictions for computer-game addictions.

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