Raising Health

Bio x Games: Is a Fun, Therapeutic Game Possible?

Jonathan Lai, Vijay Pande, and Olivia Webb

Posted October 20, 2022

Note: This episode was recorded as part of the Bio Eats World podcast, now known as Raising Health.

Can a game be both fun and therapeutic? Vijay Pande, the first employee at Naughty Dog Software and a current Bio + Health general partner at a16z, joins Jon Lai, a Games general partner, and Olivia Webb, the editorial lead for Bio+Health at a16z, to discuss this question. We talk about what constitutes a game, how games and bio can intersect, and what we called the “healthy dessert” problem—the challenge of building a game that’s both fun and therapeutic.

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