Sea Hero Quest: Gaming for a Good Cause  不只是遊戲!《航海英雄》對抗老人癡呆

 

精英翻譯社轉自http://paper.udn.com/udnpaper/POH0062/314227/web/

 

A group of scientists have developed a game to study the brain.

一群科學家研發出研究大腦的新遊戲。

 

  Most video games are fun to play, but they don't usually teach players anything useful. Sea Hero Quest is a bit different, though. This free mobile app is helping doctors learn more about the early stages of Alzheimer's, a disease that makes people lose their memories.

  大部分的電玩遊戲也許玩起來很有趣,但是通常不會教導玩家有用的東西。然而,《航海英雄》卻與其他遊戲有點不同。這款免費的手機應用程式正協助醫生更加了解阿茲海默症的初期症狀,它是一種讓人喪失記憶的疾病。

 

  In the game, players are on a mission to save their father's lost memories. To get them back, they have to sail to different islands and collect notes from his diary. The main purpose of the game is to remember places on the map and to play other mini games that test your memory. Scientists collect data from everyone who plays the game. Then, they study it to learn how our brains change as we age.

  在遊戲當中,玩家們將執行救回父親失去記憶的任務。為了找回這些記憶,他們必須航向不同的島嶼並蒐集父親日記中的筆記。遊戲最主要的目的是要記住地圖上的各個地點,還有透過玩其他的小遊戲來測試玩家的記憶力。科學家們蒐集所有玩家的遊戲資料。接著,他們研究這些資料以了解人類大腦如何隨年齡增長而改變。

 

  They discovered that our sense of direction is best at age 19, and it gets worse as we get older. Scientists hope this data will help them identify people who might develop Alzheimer's when they are still young. Then, they can take medicine to make their lives better. So far, more than 2.4 million people have played Sea Hero Quest. In addition to having a good time, players are helping to find a cure for a serious disease.

  他們發現人類在十九歲時方向感最好,而後隨年紀增長而衰退。科學家們希望透過這些資料能夠幫助他們找出可能罹患阿茲海默症的人們,並且在他們還年輕時發現。之後,他們可以接受藥物治療來改善生活。到目前為止,《航海英雄》已經擁有超過兩百四十萬位玩家。除了得到有趣的遊戲體驗,玩家也能幫忙找到一種嚴重疾病的治療方法。

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