How cool is this? A team of researchers at Johns Hopkins, right here in Baltimore, are doing a study with which they intend to show that giving hospitalized kids access to on-line gaming makes them happier. After they prove that they plan to try to make online games available in hospitals across the US.
Naturally, the guys at Penny Arcade are going to help them make that happen.
Did I mention that all of their support has come from private donations and pro-bono work?
They are even making their research available under an open source license.
I love it when technology and compassion come together to make people happier.
EDIT: Note that they aren’t just talking about hooking the kids up with XBox Live. They want to connect kids in hospitals and pediatric centers across the country, and eventually around the world, in a custom-made virtual world tailored to the needs of hospitalized children.