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OFAI-TR-2014-04 ( 135kB PDF file)

The Trauma Treatment Game: Scientific, methodological and ethical challenges in developing Serious Games for Psychotherapy

Simon Mayr, Wolfgang Hörleinsberger, Paolo Petta

Serious games deliver interactive worlds in support of a wide range of application areas. Addressing the current paucity of scientific empirical studies in game-based psychotherapy, we address scientific and methodological challenges and their implications for the design of serious games for this domain. We do so in the context of a comprehensive multistage design process that preceded the final game concept of the ``Trauma Treatment Game'', a serious game to support individualised interventions to children of age eight to twelve suffering from trauma.

Keywords: Serious games, Methodology, Ethics, Psychotherapy

Citation: to appear in: Camilleri V., Dingli A., Montebello M. (eds.) Proceedings of the Sixth International Conference on Virtual Worlds and Games for Serious Applications: VS-Games 2014, September 9-12, 2014, Malta, EU.