Thursday, July 27, 2006

Games help with post-traumatic stress

Games: It's not always about violence. It's sometimes about simulating violence to get over the real thing. Business week has an article about the military using games as part of therapy for veterans overcoming post-traumatic stress disorder.

"The point is not to retraumatize the patients but to allow the individuals to cope with painful experiences."
Cool beans. Well, except for this last part:
"Hoffman says his program has gotten off to a slow start due to a very involved training process for therapists. "We're going to go gangbusters once we get started," he says. "We've got our software ready, and we certainly have soldiers.""
"Oh I can't wait, all those traumatized soldiers coming back! We're going to be rich, filthy STINKY RICH!! Bahaha!" Ok, he didn't really say that but you know he was thinking it.

Oh well, I guess it's the thought that counts.

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