Video, web and mobile games have slowly entered the world of business, spinning an expansive web of innovation tinged with the unmistakable flavour of industry disruption. Should your portfolio comprise solutions similar to the following, you may be eligible for a Video Games or R&D Tax Relief claim.
Games aiding Healthcare
The role of games in detecting and curbing a range of medical disorders has been widely researched in recent years, yielding promising conclusions. Games such as Project: EVO – which endeavours to help ADHD sufferers build focus – and Sea Hero Quest – which uses spatial navigation to detect and mitigate the possibility of Alzheimer’s disease – have conclusively proven to detect and negate signs of depression, dementia and attention deficit amongst others.
Games propelling Research
The world of research has seen a recent upsurge in solutions that blend the concepts of crowdsourcing and ‘Big Data’ to result in an exciting range. From aligning animals’ DNA for identifying genetic mutations as in Phylo, to aligning patterns in a Candy Crush-esque fashion for saving ash trees, to untangling nerves and discovering new neurons: gaming has created new dimensions of potential research opportunities for scientists.
Games furthering Education
Leveraging the innate addictiveness and entertainment associated with games whilst aiding the development of education is, perhaps, it’s most profound application. Games such as Foldit – which aspires to help children understand proteins whilst also aiding AIDS and Cancer research – and Galaxy Zoo – which induces children into riddling the infinite mysteries of the Universe – have successfully fostered learning in a rewards-fuelled environment.
How will the future of gaming affect the way we live our lives is still unknown. All that is certain is that gaming will play a big role both socially and in the business world.
Mark Rodmell, R&D Consultant, Leyton UK
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