Video games entertain, we know this, but that's just the beginning. We're starting to see a more widespread acceptance for the idea that video games can legitimately change lives; improve our physical and mental well being. This is precisely what this Melbourne-based development project, titled 'The Forest' is intending to do: change lives.
The idea is to create a virtual forest environment designed specifically to help ease the symptoms of dementia. It's being built by Alzheimer’s Australia Vic and it's a project that needs your help. A Pozible campaign released yesterday is asking for $90,000 to help create this forest environment.
Alzheimer’s Australia Vic is pushing the boundaries here, not just in terms of the concepts, but in the execution. The virtual forest is being developed using the cutting-edge Unreal Engine 4 and looks spectacular.
This is the latest attempt by Alzheimer's Australia Vic to help ease the suffering of dementia, a journey that began with the Perc Walkely Dementia Learning Centre in Melbourne. But this project is bigger in scope — it's a fully interactive virtual environment built from the ground up for those who suffer from dementia. It's a project that, in my opinion deserves support. Alzheimer’s Australia Vic already helps support 75,000 Australians dealing with dementia, and that number is expected to rise dramatically over the next few years. Chances are you will, or already have, seen the impact of dementia in your own family. This is yet another chance to show how video games can positively affect the lives of those around us.
You can find out more information, and donate to the Pozible campaign, here.