Re: Great idea
Thanks for this, Dave. Of all the worthy causes out there to donate to, cancer care and research (for children, no less) is certainly among the most important. It can't be overstated what organizations like these do for these children and for all of us. I don't know if it's intentional, but it's worth mentioning that this comes around the same time as a larger partnership between St. Jude's and Twitch to raise money and awareness for children with cancer through some of their most popular livestreamers. It's great to see celebrities and big companies get involved alongside the grassroots community that's sprung up over there. No doubt St. Jude's has plenty of great contributors already, but that last can never be long enough.
As for the health benefits of gaming, it's nice to see some concrete research behind it. We had a nice discussion about this on IW Radio earlier today (which those interested in the topic should check out) , and Curt Franklin brought it up alongisde 'the power of laughter'. It seems a little obvious when you put it like that, but it's interesting to see the subtle naunces that are different (chemicals released in the brain, etc.) when we're talking about an interactive medium, where the player/patient can make some decisions and get some feedback. I'll definitely keep it in mind next time I'm gaming. Maybe that will make it work better.