Childhood cancer rates have been rising steadily in the recent years. About 10,380 children in the United States under the age of 15 have been diagnosed with cancer in 2016. In the past years, games and the virtual world has converged to help beat pediatric cancer. Games like iManage Cancer and Remission have been proved to have an immense positive psychological impact on the patients and caregivers alike.
- iManage cancer – to provide a social environment to children: iManage Cancer is an Android and iOS based mobile game under development which provides a dynamic social environment for children who have cancer. Owing to the regular hospitalization of the children, they lose contact with their friends and family. This game creates a virtual community of parents and friends, by dividing the users into patients and supporters. Supporters achieve presents by playing which turn into super-weapons and can be used by patients to fight cancer cells.
- Comparing iManage Cancer with Remission: Even though both use shooter game as a base, iManage Cancer is entirely social and can be integrated with the social media network of the patient. Also, it is entirely mobile and can be played anywhere for much longer duration.
- Visualizing cancer cells: Visualizing disease cells proved to be a challenge while developing the game. The child will be fighting cancer cells in the match which should look funny and evil at the same time. The cells should cast a positive impression on the patient and should give an encouraging aura while playing the game.
- Protecting data of the users: A strict data regulation policy is followed by iManage Cancer which enforces that no pictures may be uploaded by the users which may be dangerous for the patients. Chat functions have not been integrated into the game because this may pose some problems for the children. But, the developers invite all the members of the community to play for a real purpose and help children win this fight.
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iManage Cancer will be undergoing full clinical evaluation in major university hospitals from 2016 to 2018. Developers expect to launch the game in a market by 2018 or 2019 after rounds of evaluation are finished. Thus, the game enforces a positive attitude among children that they are not alone in their fight against cancer and help them form a bridge back to normalcy.
|Technologies||Medical Conditions||Research Areas|
|Android & iOS based mobile game.||Pediatric Cancer.||Psychological issues in Pediatric Oncology.|
Presenter: Ralph Stock
Sixteen Tons Entertainment is one of the Europe’s most experienced design studios established in 1984 based in Germany.
Upload Date: 28th November 2016
Video code: 16G403
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