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Video Game Shows What It’s Like to Have Alzheimer’s

A 21-year-old video game designer has created a video game in which players see through the eyes of someone with Alzheimer’s. Alexander Tarvet presented his game as his final project at a digital art show put on by Abertay University in Scotland, where he is a student. Alzheimer’s doesn’t seem like the most thrilling subject for a video game, but Tarvet wants to use his game to raise awareness for the disease. The game puts the player in a foggy room, where they can examine the pictures and personal items around the room to try to make sense of where and who they are. In a press release, Tarvet said this gives players “an immediate sense of the confusion the character feels.” It’s still to be determined if the game will end up on store shelves, but it is just the latest of a handful of video games that aim not just to entertain players, but also to help them empathize with those suffering from various health issues …

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