Watching some late night news in my Seattle hotel room I saw a fascinating story about a young boy named Ben Duskin, an enthusiastic gamer who suffers from lukemia. Early during his treatment, his doctor suggested he find ways to visualize his body healing. Ben and his mother talked about imagining his medicine as a Pac Man video game, eating the cancer cells.
Ben wrote to the Make a Wish foundation with his idea of creating a video game to help other kids endure their cancer treatments. The Make a Wish foundation were then approached by Eric Johnston, of the San Francisco-based LucasArts who worked hand-in-hand with Ben to design the game.
The result was the production of “Ben’s Game,” which became a reality in June 2004. The game is available free to download, and is available for Mac or PC. Downloading the game took seconds to complete, and is engaging once you start playing – I’ll look forward to trying it out with my resident games player when I return home 🙂