Doom Triggered Million Dollar Professional Video Game Training Studies
Who knew that id Software would help spawn video game related studies for professional training funded by millions of dollars?
Apparently it started when Claudia Johnson, a Texas A&M Corpus Christi university administrator, played Doom in an electronics store. She immediately had a thought: What if video games could be used to train doctors and other professionals?
Johnson secured ten million dollars in federal funding for a research project named “Pulse!” which focuses on supplemental educational tools for medical residents and for continuing education or specialty certification by experienced physicians. And the program has created quite the demand for professional, industry-level software in the area.
While there is no actual figures on what kind of revenue is being made from this unique level of software creation, it is evident that there is a large amount of it being produced, and attracting government on the local and statewide level in Texas.
It’s kind of refreshing to see video games crop up and be taken seriously, and to be used in a way which will benefit people directly, even helping to save lives.