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Blood Myth – Educating about Sickle Cell Disease through Gaming

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source: Deep Games Lab

year: 2017


Blood Myth is a fast-paced platformer mobile game, dedicated to raising awareness for sickle cell disease and re-educating teens suffering from this genetic illness about self-care measures to prevent pain crisis. The game serves an educational purpose and is above all meant to convey a message of hope.

All in-game writing was produced by or in collaboration with people with lived experience of sickle cell disease. The sickle cell community played a crucial role in identifying the game’s core metaphors, providing feedback to its messages and themes as well as the character design. Deep Games Laboratory collaborated strongly with Dr. Lewis Hsu, a pediatric hematologist and leading figure in the field of sickle cell research. Dr. Hsu has generously donated his time and expertise to educate the design team on the illness, review the game and provide feedback regarding medical accuracy along every step of the way.


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