[WF-General] WF and RPG potential in public health

Max Randor max.randor at googlemail.com
Mon Aug 28 10:32:40 PDT 2006

Firstly this looks very interesting.
I don't realy know very much about this type of thing but I think that more
detail might be useful.
I know that things like complicated poisons are envisoned for the games but
I do not think that any are currently under development.
I also understand that the idea is for players to suggest to their
characters what to do but if the character gets bored or is incapable of
doing something because they are drunk etc. then they will make mistakes.
This could be very interesting but would probably need more resources if Max
Klohn wants this done any time soon. incedentaly public health for which
government in which country.
Hopefuly someone who knows more than me will respond soon since I am still a
learner and still quite new.
Max Randor

On 28/08/06, Max <max.klohn at gmail.com> wrote:
> Dear all,
> I am new here, I am posting this to the "general" list, please
> redirect this to the adequate mailing lists if applies.
> I have been looking with much interest to the impressive amounts of
> code and experience accumulating in WF.
> I am a MD working in public health. An important part of our current
> mandate is to promote on-line interventions addressing the growing
> problems of the young {adolescent, adults} related to substance abuse
> and dependences. Most interventions that apply to other ages have not
> worked in those groups, and people tend to consult quite late when the
> problems and behaviour are deeply rooted.
> On the other hand, there is a growing literature and experience
> showing us that several kinds of psychologic interventions (including
> various degrees of RPG and motivational interventions) do have some
> effects when delivered through the Internet. Interactive interventions
> require modellization, sometimes in the form of bayesian networks, and
> different degrees of AI to interact with the person and deliver
> customized content. This is usually done through interactive web pages
> or 2-d graphics. But the limited time per page of a typical surfer
> sharply limits the information that can be delvered in one
> What we are currently missing is a truly attractive (and fun) means of
> interacting and delivering the messages.  My feeling is that an
> immersive and attractive "universe" such as WF could have a huge
> potential to deliver implicit health messages and allow people to
> experiment with different behaviours in given scenarios during
> sufficient time.
> This raises naturally a lot of questions, such as: Is it mature
> enough? does the currrrent framework for character AI allow for this
> (if pig farming is possible, would it be possible to model
> addiction...?), does it raise an interest in the group?
> So I am very interested in getting your opinions on this matter and
> discussing this.
> If there is interest, I can provide the basis of the behaviours we
> would like to mimick and confront the users with... We have limited
> means (it is public health) but if a framework gets established one
> could always imagine further ways of helping with the development.
> Max
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