In Brief

Gameplay and mechanics are being integrated into treatment and recovery plans to ensure that patients stay motivated and adhere to their goals.

It has been estimated that Earth’s population spends approximately 3 billion hours per week playing computer games, an impressive statistic which seems to point to an inherent affinity humans have towards gaming. Designers have been taking notice of this fact, and in turn are introducing more gamified elements into people’s everyday lives, particularly when it comes to health care. Imagine if every time you picked up your phone to play a game you were actually helping yourself get a bit closer to your health or fitness goals? The net benefit of these activities would be more people taking an active role in managing their wellness.

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