Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Can video games but fun and educational?

Here are three games at that are fun and educational! All three games incorporate diabetes education into game play. I think this is great way to educate kids because kids love games and spend a lot of time playing them so why not use that time into learning valuable, important information.


Escape from Diab is a fun game that gets your brain waves following. There are three mini games you can choose from to play on the website: Memory Game, The Warehouse, and Five in a Row. Memory game is a card memorization game using the characters faces. The Warehouse is just like Tetris and Five in a Row is a game where you have to get five boxes in a row that are the same color. Even though the games don't relate to diabetes the story that led up to the game play was very interesting and got me excited to play before I knew what the game was. If you want to play the real game you need the program to do so. The story is about an athletic boy named Deejay who is on the track team. One day he wakes up in a dark, dirty town called Diab. He was going to get arrested until Delinda and her friends come and save Deejay. Diab is ruled by Kind Etes and he is withholding exercise and proper nutrition from the citizens of Diab. As a result of this they are overweight and out of shape. Since Deejay knows a lot about exercise and nutrition he is going to help Delinda and her friends get in shape so they can escape from Diab and go to the Golden City. I think if the story mentioned diabetes a little bit more and it was involved in the game play it would be more helpful in learning the topic.


Grip is a fun, easy game that almost all kids in elementary school can play. There are two different games you can play, Mission Possible or Kaboom! Mission Possible is just like Super Mario where you have to run, jump, and crawl over hazzards while making your journey. You have to keep your blood sugar at an appropriate level so along your way you have to grab food and other kind of insulin to keep from your blood sugar level falling too low. If your blood sugar level falls too low the screen becomes blurry and just like in real life it becomes hard to function. Kaboom is a memorization game where you have to remember where the right tools are because your disarming a bomb. If you keep picking the wrong tool it the bomb is going to Kaboom! I thought they did a good job at incorporating diabetes with their game especially Mission Possible. People with diabetes experience this all the time and need to have things on them like food and insulin so they don't get disoriented and possibly pass out. I think this game is helpful when learning about the topic of diabetes.


This game is about a boy named Oz who is a descendent of a powerful line warrior-wizards known as The Magi and will have to master his powers in order to save the world. He must first learn how to master his blood sugar seeing he has just been diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes before he can master his powers. Oz must venture in the enemy world and defeat the king. By learning to manage his diabetes by having a balanced blood sugar level and eating healthy he gains more power. When his blood sugar becomes more balanced, the power of this spells increase. The more conscious Oz is of his diabetes the better off he is and the greater chance he has of defeating the king. I think they did a great job incorporating diabetes with this game. Just like in real life you can be a hero but if you don't take care of your diabetes you will not have the strength to do anything. I liked how they focus on eating healthy because eating healthy and living a good lifestyle is your biggest obstacle when dealing with diabetes. I think this game is helpful in learning about the topic of diabetes.


Here is a lesson and a game or assessment I created for kids who are in 2-4 grade showing them what the healthy foods are and what category they go in.

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