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Posted: 7/11/2012 - 0 comment(s) [ Comment ] - 0 trackback(s) [ Trackback ]
Category: Video Games

 

(Didget with Nintendo DS)

People who are suffering from diabetes have many more worries than those who do not have that disease, most notably; they are required to check their blood sugar by pricking their fingers to get a blood sample. Most adults are able to complete this task, but to a child who has diabetes, pricking thier fingers may seem like a scary thing. That is why Bayer made Didget, a glucose monitor that also comes with a game called "Knock 'Em Downs" to make the pricking of fingers less scary for children.

"Knock Em' Downs" is played with the Nintendo DS, which is a staple for children. As the child takes regular blood updates, the Didget will add more points to the game which will then unlock more features for the game. Having this extra incentive for children will help them maintain their blood sufar, which is the main purpose of the Didget. This shows that games have the ability to keep playershealthy and more knowledgeable about the disease they are living with. As more healthcare providers notice the potential of gamification, there will be more people understanding the value of video games for healthier living.

Source: www.forbes.com/sites/marketshare/2012/07/10/gaming-your-way-to-better-health/

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