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Health Games in Brazil

  • Marcelo Vasconcellos
  • Cynthia DiasEmail author
  • Flávia Carvalho
  • Rafael Braga
  • Guilherme Xavier
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 11582)

Abstract

Although based on a growing market and popular means of leisure and communication, serious games for health in Brazil still depend highly on public funding and mostly on individual initiatives from researchers and developers. This paper proposes the consolidation of Games and Health as a field of work and research, discussing its origins and developments in Brazil, the challenges yet to tackle and the strategies proposed by health games researchers and developers for that end. The development of serious games for health in Brazil has originated in distinct areas, such as Computation, Education and Design and Arts and followed different paths. Exergames, games as therapy and games for health communication and participation are the main directions pursued nowadays. The main challenges are the achievement of funding to develop projects; the lack of records about the games and tests produced; the insufficient testing still shown by the researches published; the lack of common vocabulary among researchers and developers across the country and the medicalization that still informs the production of many games for health, reducing the scope of what could be achieved on the field. As strategies, this work proposes the production of three open and collaborative initiatives: a common vocabulary; a guide with best practices in Health Game Research and Development; an open database of finished and ongoing projects, in order to facilitate partnerships.

Keywords

Health games Serious games for health Exergames Games and health Public health Health communication and games 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Marcelo Vasconcellos
    • 1
  • Cynthia Dias
    • 1
    Email author
  • Flávia Carvalho
    • 1
  • Rafael Braga
    • 2
  • Guilherme Xavier
    • 3
  1. 1.Oswaldo Cruz FoundationRio de JaneiroBrazil
  2. 2.Pontifical Catholic University of ParanáCuritibaBrazil
  3. 3.Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de JaneiroRio de JaneiroBrazil

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