Games for Health Conference Schedule Announced

Sat, May 8, 2010

Events, Industry

The Games for Health Conference, being held in Boston, Mass. on May 25-27 has announced its full schedule.

In total, there will be over 75 speakers and 55 sessions taking place during the conference.

The three keynotes for the event all sound quite interesting:

Sony senior researcher Richard Marks, Ph.D., will deliver the conference keynote, “The Mind-Body Experience of Sony PlayStation Move: Relationships between Gaming, Play, Exercise and More” on May 26. Marks will discuss the development of Sony’s new motion controller system, PlayStation® Move, with a focus on somatic gratification—when the body actually improves a game experience beyond what a mind-only experience can create.

Spore team member and independent game developer Chaim Gingold, formerly of Maxis/EA, will deliver the second-day keynote, “The Human Play Machine,” focusing on the way existing game genres map onto the human brain and body, and how design decisions affect who is attracted to games and how people will play them.

The conference will also feature opening remarks by Dr. John Lumpkin, M.D., M.P.H., senior vice president of the Health Care group at RWJF, who will outline key challenges in health care—ranging from training skilled practitioners to motivating behavior change among people managing chronic illnesses—that will require the skill and ingenuity of game industry experts to solve.

As someone who is interested in seeing how the PlayStation Move is going to different from what the Nintendo Wii currently offers, I imagine Mr. Marks presentation will be enlightening to say the least.

If you are planning on going, the conference’s press release states that the hotel it is being housed in is quickly filling up room–so move quickly!

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