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Burn patients in the US are being helped to escape the pain of burn injuries by immersing them in the virtual reality of a computer game during treatment.

Agony from severe burns can be one of the most intense and prolonged types of pain you can experience. And for many, the rehabilitation treatment is as painful as the initial burn.

...

SnowWorld, set in an icy 3D canyon, was developed by Professor Hunter Hoffman and Professor David Patterson at the University of Washington Harborview Burn Centre in Seattle.

It evolved out of the scientific advances in the last decade in understanding pain.

The aim of the game is "to make a very attention grabbing experience for the patient and basically to give them a place to escape from their pain" says Professor Hoffman.

Scientists have found many different elements can affect how we experience pain, including our emotions, environment, context and distractions....
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Amazing stuff, I was just reading this.
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OMG, awesome.
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doesn't sound like a very immersive game
    
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That's awesome, good stuff.
     
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Rather have this tbh.
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Sounds like an awesome concept.

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doesn't sound like a very immersive game
When you're covered in burns and pain I'm sure it's more interesting.
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Sweet technology!
    
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"When they put you in SnowWorld, the snowmen throw snowballs at you and you have to throw snowballs back at them," says Caleb Springer.

"If you hit the penguins, they freeze, and if you hit them a second time, they explode. There's a lot of action in it. You never stop to think about anything else."
It doesnt sound very exciting, especially for repetitive use (as burn victims would need)
I dont see why they cant just use the same headset/screen and play normal games..
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I dont see why they cant just use the same headset/screen and play normal games..
Because they can't concentrate on "normal" games according to the article.

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The game is quite simple, intentionally, because patients could not concentrate on regular computer games
Probably something to do with engaging certain parts of the brain, not others. The same way as you can relax whilst doing mindless tasks but have to concentrate whilst doing complex ones.

Besides, how many of us have spent hours at a time on silly flash games that are just as complex? They can get pretty immersive.
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