The games that save lives

Sept 17 2007

Two games are being developed to help train real-world professionals - and neither have guns in them!Unlike the so-called training sim Full Spectrum Warrior(commissioned by the US Military)both of these 'serious games' will train NHS staff, not soldiers.

A Manchester-based charity will use one game to train NHS doctors to treat victims of explosions, while the second game will help in the battle against hospital superbugs.

"It is not a game to be used in isolation but it does offer another way of teaching doctors to deal with major incidents," stresses developer Vega, who created the explosion-based doctor training sim.

The explosion posed by Vega's game simulates a city centre explosion, reports The Guardian, in order to help doctorsbecome morecapable atdeciding how to treat casualties.The Guardian's article explains the scenario:

"In the game a major explosion has left people injured around the imaginary city's streets. Doctors have to navigate to the bodies and assess patients' treatment priority based on breathing, circulation and pulse rates."

Games for education? Might this worthy application of our favourite hobby help ease the rage against violence in videogames? Yeh. Right.

Ben Richardson is a former Staff Writer for Official PlayStation 2 magazine and a former Content Editor of GamesRadar+. In the years since Ben left GR, he has worked as a columnist, communications officer, charity coach, and podcast host – but we still look back to his news stories from time to time, they are a window into a different era of video games.