Not for our age bracket tho
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) just approved the world’s first-ever video game that can be legally marketed as medicine – and the phrase ‘game is life’ just become way too real.
The ‘digital therapeutic’ iPhone and iPad game ‘EndeavorRx’ is aimed to improve the attention function of kids diagnosed with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), and can only be downloaded with a prescription.
This ain’t your regular Candy Crush, as the game went through over seven years of clinical trials with 600 children to see if video games can keep their focus and attention beyond diagnoses.
The game sees kids controlling a character through a racetrack while utilizing typical flash game activities like evading obstacles and collecting coins while they’re at it.
Binge-playing is a no-no though, as kids are only supposed to play EndeavorRx for 30 minutes a day, five days a week during a one month cycle. So best not to finish the game in one go, speed-runners.
‘We’re proud to make history today with FDA’s decision’ the developers of EndeavorRx shared.
‘We’re using technology to help treat a condition in an entirely new way as we directly target neurological function through medicine that feels like entertainment.’
Though it’s initially targeted for kids, innovations like EndeavorRx could ultimately lead to open minds when it comes to the research of gaming – and the marriage of tech and medicine at its core.
Here’s to the future