Opposable Games: Pesky gNATs - Childrens serious CBT game
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Pesky gNATs

University of Bristol | PC

A Cognitive Behavioural Therapy intervention for children played alongside a therapist. While exploring a lush tropical island children learn how to overcome Negative Automatic Thoughts (personified as “gNATs”) through animations and mini-games narrated by characters that live on the island.

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Commissioned as an enhancement on a proof-of-concept by the University of Bristol, Pesky gNATs is a shining example for the use of games technology in non-gaming scenarios. Children can absorb the abstract concepts designed for adults through metaphorical animations, improving their CBT thinking skills by engaging in conversations in a visual, socially meaningful story. 

Characters in the game present tasks and run through therapeutic assessments, providing a familiar and de-stigmatising context for a mental health intervention played with their therapist.


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