“I wanted to find a way for these children to play the same games as their peers, and those games are like shooting games, “Tetris,” racing games — games that require a lot of precision and fast decision-making skills, but that is exactly what these children don’t have,” Kim said.
Kim and Gary Bishop, a computer science professor, along with professor Karen Erickson, are developing a website that allows people to create their own video games using YouTube videos.
The program allows users to pause videos at different checkpoints and make commands flash on the screen. With the press of any button, they can fulfill different commands and resume the video. If players make the wrong choice, it’s game over.
“It’s just jumping around in the video, but my experience is that I’m actually playing the game,” Bishop said. “It has the same experience of frustration that I’ve made the wrong choice, and now I have to start over.”