COVID-19 has significantly impact individuals' autonomy and social interaction, potentially compromising their mental health. Video games can facilitate feelings of relatedness, social connection and autonomy, as well as encourage real-world behavioral changes, including increased civic participation. Project Global Pastime faciliates the use of video games during lock downs and isolation, providing a list of beneficial games for specific needs that emerge from social isolation.
Dr. Phillips is a researcher investigating the psychological benefits of games. In recent years, he has developed games for children living with cystic fibrosis, helping them feel resilient and socially connected during hospital isolation.more