In June 2014, independent game company Fayju will release a game called Cascade.  The game is a result of a collaboration between a Dr. Jody Mason, Senior Lecturer of Biochemistry at the University of Essex and Gaz Bushell, digital artist and games developer.  The game is intended to educate those who play it about Alzheimer's.  Hopefully, this will raise awareness of the disease and increase empathy towards those who have it.

I love this idea!  Gaming, in all its varied forms, is a popular activity which, in this case, is being harnessed as a force for good.  You may be flying around inner space and shooting at some baddies, but those baddies are plaque tangles and the space is the gaps between neurons.  

When the game is released, I'll give it a go.


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