Making Lifelike Medical Games in the Age of Virtual Reality An Update on “Playing Games with Biology” from 2013 (bibtex)
by Thomas B Talbot
Abstract:
Medical simulations differ from other training modalities in that life processes must be simulated as part of the experience. Biological fidelity is the degree to which character anatomical appearance and physiology behavior are represented within a game or simulation. Methods to achieve physiological fidelity include physiology engines, complex state machines, simple state machines and kinetic models. Games health scores that can be used in medical sims. Selection of technique depends upon the goals of the simulation, expected user inputs, development budget and level of fidelity required. Trends include greater availability of physiology engines rapid advances in virtual reality (VR). In VR, the expectation for a naturalistic interface is much greater, resulting in technical challenges regarding natural language and gesture-based interaction. Regardless of the technical approach, the user’s perception of biological fidelity, responsiveness to user inputs and the ability to correct mistakes is often more important than the underlying biological fidelity of the model.
Reference:
Making Lifelike Medical Games in the Age of Virtual Reality An Update on “Playing Games with Biology” from 2013 (Thomas B Talbot), Chapter in Transforming Gaming and Computer Simulation Technologies across Industries, IGI Global, 2017. (DOI: 10.4018/978-1-5225-1817-4)
Bibtex Entry:
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	address = {Hershey, PA},
	title = {Making {Lifelike} {Medical} {Games} in the {Age} of {Virtual} {Reality} {An} {Update} on “{Playing} {Games} with {Biology}” from 2013},
	isbn = {978-1-5225-1817-4 978-1-5225-1818-1},
	url = {http://services.igi-global.com/resolvedoi/resolve.aspx?doi=10.4018/978-1-5225-1817-4},
	abstract = {Medical simulations differ from other training modalities in that life processes must be simulated as
part of the experience. Biological fidelity is the degree to which character anatomical appearance and
physiology behavior are represented within a game or simulation. Methods to achieve physiological
fidelity include physiology engines, complex state machines, simple state machines and kinetic models.
Games health scores that can be used in medical sims. Selection of technique depends upon the goals of
the simulation, expected user inputs, development budget and level of fidelity required. Trends include
greater availability of physiology engines rapid advances in virtual reality (VR). In VR, the expectation
for a naturalistic interface is much greater, resulting in technical challenges regarding natural language
and gesture-based interaction. Regardless of the technical approach, the user’s perception of biological
fidelity, responsiveness to user inputs and the ability to correct mistakes is often more important than
the underlying biological fidelity of the model.},
	booktitle = {Transforming {Gaming} and {Computer} {Simulation} {Technologies} across {Industries}},
	publisher = {IGI Global},
	author = {Talbot, Thomas B},
	month = jan,
	year = {2017},
	note = {DOI: 10.4018/978-1-5225-1817-4},
	keywords = {MedVR, UARC},
	pages = {103--119}
}
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