Giving back to the community
Cystic fibrosis (CF) is the most common fatal genetic disease affecting Canadian children and young adults. There is no cure. To make matters worse, therapy is repetitive and boring and patients often begin to neglect it even though it's a crucial aspect of managing cystic fibrosis.
The Bella Project was created to help make the lives of kids with cystic fibrosis easier by using video games to improve the overall therapy experience.
In October of 2014, a game jam was held to prototype ideas on how to build games that are controlled by breath. This is no traditional game jam, video game developers worked closely with biologists to develop a game that would offset the monotony of Cystic Fibrosis therapy by creating a fun and engaging game experience where the patient will use their breath to play the game.
A proud sponsor of the Bella Project, Relic helped organize the event with employees Michael Kessler and Aaron Lake participating in the Game Jam. Their creation, Wind Song has patients play as an elf with a magical living balloon friend that is filled with air by blowing into a therapeutic device. You ascend a mountain collecting cloud spirits to bring to a wizard that will transform them to larger rain clouds for the farms of the elf village. Completing the therapy correctly through the game rewards further travel time and more game rewards.
Relican Carolina Mastretta was a driving force on the Bella Project game jam team, helping organize the event and secure sponsorships.
The Bella Project team is now working with key stakeholders to bring some of the games created during the game jam available to all kids with Cystic Fibrosis.
To learn more about this great cause, please visit http://www.thebellaproject.org/