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10th Annual Games for Health Conference
Back Bay Events Center, Boston MA
June 18-20, 2014!

Register Today! http://www.regonline.com/gfh2014

Three Days to Explore...The Role of Videogames in Health & HealthcareThe 10th Annual Games for Health Conference is coming. Join hundreds of developers, health professionals, researchers, funders, and more at the largest event devoted to games in health & healthcare.

Three days covering platforms, and business opportunities will prepare you and your organization to deploy effective solutions for behavior change, consumer engagement, public health, professional development, research and more.

For Sponsorship and exhibit opportunities: bbryant@dmill.com
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Thursday, June 19 • 10:30am - 11:30am
The LongStoryGame

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LongStory is a dating and adventure game that helps pre-teens sandbox healthy relationships and sexuality. It deals with issues such as consent, bullying, being different, fitting in and learning how to ask for what you really want.

LongStory has based it's health strategy on encouraging players to develop empathy through a meaningful and challenging romantic storyline. Learning about and caring for game characters helps players develop and trust their empathy and trains them to use it instead of judgement or defensiveness in their day to day lives. Games can be interventions for mental health promotion, but the majority of mainstream games don't address the capacity to be emotional sandboxes in a meaningful way.

Game designers working on Long Story, a queer positive dating game for pre-teens, will lead a conversation on narrative and choice mechanics that call for empathy, growth and reflection. We invite gamers, interactive designers, health care professionals and entrepreneurs to discuss with us how designers can include white-label health interventions in games designed for commercial release to build emotional resilience through play.

Speakers
avatar for Miriam Verburg

Miriam Verburg

Founder, Bloom Digital Media
I am the founder of Bloom Digital Media and Executive Producer of LongStory Game: A queer & love positive dating game for the 21st century. Come talk to me about dating games, narrative design, starting a game company and how to alienate your friends and loved ones by working over the weekend.


Thursday June 19, 2014 10:30am - 11:30am
C. Freedom Room

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