Improving Healthcare Outcomes, One Player at a Time


Research for 2013

Blue Marble’s research team is busy in 2013. We are currently gearing up for a clinical study of Treasure of Bell Island Q3 2013. Concurrently, we are informing game design for a “AAA” game development company in the United Kingdom. The application is designed to provide a physical rehabilitative tool for US service members and their clinicians. We will also be responsible for their clinical study beginning Q2 2013.

Evidence Based Design

References for Evidence Based Design

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