Scientists have used virtual reality to train people on what to do in an earthquake. An Auckland hospital is getting ready for the chaos of a big earthquake thanks to a serious game.

Researchers with Massey University have been trialling virtual reality to evacuate Auckland City Hospital after such an event. Dr Ruggiero Lovreglio said it was an effective way to train people for worst-case scenarios.

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They were then taken through a virtual version of the hospital. Players moved through the damaged hospital after a simulated earthquake, making decisions and navigating the debris.

“The idea was building from other experiments that showed virtual reality, because of its features and engagements, can improve learning outcomes,” Lovreglio said. Serious games are designed for purposes other than entertainment. Read more from stuff.co.nz…

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