By Greg Voakes
Your parents might have written off video games as just a useless waste of time that can only teach you about the medical profession by showing you just how many brain cells the human mind can lose in a day. However, thanks to recent advancements in graphics, gameplay and interactivity, even the smallest and least powerful consoles and home computers can accurately depict what it's like to work in the OR or the ER as a paramedic, nurse or surgical technologist.
1. Emergency Room: Real Life Rescues for Nintendo DS
The hardest part of any simulation game is immersion, making the player feel as though they are doing more than just pushing buttons or sliding around a cursor on a pixelated screen.
This title uses the DS's touch screen controls to simulate what it's like for a responding paramedic or a hospital surgical technologist to prep patients for major surgery in emergency situations from simple abrasions and accidents to serious stab wounds and cardiac events. The game makes the player responsible for almost every step of the response from monitoring the patient's heart condition to removing foreign objects with skill and dexterity. The scenarios are also based on real-life paramedics' experiences responding to such serious, life-threatening emergencies.
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