MSWorld, Inc. Launches Online Cognitive-Based Memory Video Game on Inaugural World MS Day

NEW YORK--()--MSWorld, Inc., a global online support community for people living with multiple sclerosis (MS), has launched a mystery-themed, memory-based video game, titled "The Case of the Missing Matches," in recognition of the first World MS Day. Beginning today, "The Case of the Missing Matches" video game can be accessed at: http://www.msworld.org/html/memory.htm.

According to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society (NMSS), approximately 50 percent of patients with MS will develop problems with cognition. There is a mounting body of evidence that stimulating the brain with cognitive and action-based video games may help keep the brain healthy. In fact, recent publications indicate that in many areas of perception and cognition, video game experience leads gamers to possess perceptual and cognitive skills far beyond those observed in non-gamers.1

“'The Case of the Missing Matches' was developed to be fun for anyone, and the fact that it is memory-based provides what we hope is a helpful exercise for our members,” said Dave Anderson, Vice President of MSWorld, Inc. and co-developer of “The Case of the Missing Matches.” “As a person living with MS, my hope is that this new tool may help the community of people with MS to test and strengthen their cognitive abilities.”

MSWorld, Inc. selected the inaugural World MS Day to launch “The Case of the Missing Matches” to inform the public about the availability of this new resource on their Web site. MSWorld, Inc. invites everyone, including their nearly 30,000 registered members, to visit their Web site to play this new game.

“The Case of the Missing Matches” video game was created with the support of Teva Neuroscience.

About MSWorld, Inc.

The primary mission of MSWorld, Inc. is to end the isolation that people feel when diagnosed with a chronic illness, specifically multiple sclerosis. MSWorld provides global Internet community support to people with multiple sclerosis. Our sole mission is to create a safe, informative, useful and fun place for people with MS to meet, share ideas and gain useful resources to keep them moving forward while living with MS. MSWorld, Inc. maintains a well-trained staff of volunteers to moderate live chats, message boards and other resources to provide a safe and useful online community.

About “The Case of the Missing Matches”

“The Case of the Missing Matches” video game was developed by MSWorld, Inc. with the support of Teva Neuroscience. The mystery-themed game allows users to play as an assistant to a detective in charge of recovering missing items for a popular night club singer. The faster that users match the missing items, the more money they bank in fee as an assistant detective. The game follows a traditional “Memory” format, presenting users with a virtual set of cards, and asking them to match pairs of like cards together, while tracking the time it takes to match all of the cards. “The Case of the Missing Matches” allows users to test their memory skills across three difficulty levels, and provides players with a “Cognitive Clue” every time they complete a game. Users can track their progress and personal best scores. Video game users can compile up to 50 clues on their “My Cognitive Clues” board through continued play of “The Case of the Missing Matches.”

1 Messaris, Humphreys, P., L. (Ed.). (2006). Digital Media: Transformations in Human Communication. New York, New York: Peter Lang Publishing.

Contacts

MSWorld, Inc.
Kathleen Wilson, 1-877-677-8776
missingmatches@msworld.org
Website: www.msworld.org

Contacts

MSWorld, Inc.
Kathleen Wilson, 1-877-677-8776
missingmatches@msworld.org
Website: www.msworld.org