Short and long term effectiveness of exergames for young adults

For this project, a team from Michigan State University studied effects of Mount Olympus, a 3D fantasy role-playing game that requires players to move their bodies Overweight and inactive college students participated in the study, which randomly assigned them either to play Mount Olympus or to use a motivational web site designed to promote and support physical activity. The extent to which each activity meets an individual's need for competence and autonomy will be examined, in addition to how meeting these needs may motivate engagement in the activity.

This project was funded as part of Health Games Research, a national program of the Pioneer Portfolio dedicated to funding and supporting research to advance the effectiveness of interactive games for health.

Grant Details

Amount Awarded $284,010.00

Awarded on: 8/20/2009

Time frame: 9/1/2009 - 2/29/2012

Grant Number: 66725


Michigan State University

301 Administration Building
East Lansing, MI, 48824-1046


Wei Peng
Project Director


Brian M. Winn
Project Director