Ok. Second round; pause your video game and tell your parent, “It’s not just a game! It’s a quest to help scientists fight Dimentia.”
Regardless, they will give you the famous speech…again
Deutsche Telekom released an online game that has the objective of helping scientists collect research data to fight against dementia and Alzheimer’s disease.
The company indicated that its digital healthcare services arm had teamed up with the University College London, the University of East Anglia and the Alzheimer’s Research Organizations to tap into the global gaming community, which spends around 3 billion hours a week gaming.
Video game developers stated that for 2 minutes playing Sea Hero Quest you generate the same amount data that scientists would take 5 hours to collect in similar, lab-based research.
The game is made up of three main tasks; navigating mazes, shooting flares to test players’ orientation, and chasing creatures to capture photos of them, following the journey of an elderly former sea explorer, who has lost his memories.
From the penguins to the mammoth hidden in the ice, every element of the game was carefully crafted to be as fun and exciting as it is scientifically valid.
The objective is to understand one of the first symptoms of dementia. The loss of spatial navigation.
Dementia is a growing health threat, in which there is a new case in the world every 3 seconds.
Also, It is estimated that by 2050, more than 130 million people will live with dementia, up from 46 million currently, according to its 2015 report.