NO PAIN, YES GAME

Gadgets and Gizmos (India) - - BIT RATE -

What has gam­ing to do with the hor­rors of burn in­juries? While there seems to be no link, the Univer­sity of Washington’s VR Anal­ge­sia Re­search Cen­ter has es­tab­lished that play­ing a game called Snow world seems to bring re­lief for burn vic­tims. Snow world is a first-per­son shooter game in which the pa­tient uses snow balls to hit some­thing while a sooth­ing song plays in the back­ground. Im­mer­sive gam­ing ap­par­ently helps pa­tients take their mind off the pain. Time spent think­ing about pain, which is an in­ex­tri­ca­ble con­trib­u­tor to ac­tual pain, dropped from 76 per cent with­out Snow world to 22 per cent with Snow world.

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