Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Occupational Therapy (OTD)


Occupational Therapy

First Advisor

Steven M. Gerardi


There are reported to be 2.96 billion video game players in the world as of 2021 and this number is expected to grow to 3.32 billion by the year 2024. Of that total, 215.5 million video game players live in the United States with a reported average age of 33 years old. Thousands of commercial video games are released every year. There is evidence to support video game technology use as therapeutic media however it predominately utilizes outdated technology or technology designed for a specific purpose also called “serious games.” The problem is that OT practitioners are unaware of the potential therapeutic properties of video games they have not played, so are unable to integrate unfamiliar video games as therapeutic media in clinical practice. The purpose of this capstone project is to develop an online database of commercial video games, and their therapeutic properties, to facilitate their use as therapeutic media in OT practice. To address this problem a webpage was developed in partnership with the Family Gaming Database that cataloged 10 commercial video games from commercially available video game subscription services and the Nintendo Switch. The 10 games were subject to an activity analysis based on the AMPS to determine their therapeutic potential. The resulting webpage contains three main lists in which filters can be applied in order to display games that meet a specific desired criterion. Applicable filters include platform, age rating, difficulty, and specific accessibility features. Keywords: database, occupational therapy, video game, video games


Capstone project submitted to the University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Doctor or Occupational Therapy