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HF/E study highlights ways video games can be enhanced for older adults
Date:3/5/2012

design their games accordingly. "Game design for older adults is not only viable, it is probably not as difficult as we imagine," continued McLaughlin. "Our observations of older players showed that they were motivated by many of the same game elements as those that motivate younger adults. The challenge is in overcoming the stereotypes of video games as violent, isolating, fast-twitch activities designed for children and teenagers. Older adults are looking for challenge, empowerment, and accomplishment in their lives, but they do not necessarily think of video games as fulfilling those desires."

The authors are involved in the development of a cognitive game designed specifically for older players. "This game will be based on our findings concerning both affective and cognitive responses to games," said McLaughlin. "We are participating in the design and testing of this game, and our next steps will be to deploy it as a cognitive training intervention and assess its effects."


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