Designing Kinect games to train motor skills for mixed ability players

K.J.F. Greef, de, E.D. Spek, van der, M.M. Bekker

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    Abstract

    Children who have special needs when it comes to motor skill development, for instance as a result of developmental coordination disorder or cerebral palsy, need to undergo long bouts of physical therapy. This can often be considered boring, to the detriment of the efficacy of the therapy. One way to improve the engagement of physical therapy is to embed it into a video game, e.g. with the aid of Kinect. However, very little is known scientifically on how to design these serious games for mixed abilities in order to be both fun and efficacious in terms of motor skills development or attitude change. In addition, contemporary entertainment games often revolve around competition based on mastery of skills to be engaging, something special needs children feel left out in. In this position paper we survey the field and propose a number of ways to approach mixed ability game design.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationGames for Health : proceedings of the 3rd european conference on gaming and playful interaction in health care
    EditorsS. Fedtke, T. Bekker, M. Schijven, A. Gekker, B. Schouten
    Place of PublicationWiesbaden
    PublisherSpringer
    Pages197-205
    ISBN (Print)978-3-658-02897-8
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2013

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