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Xbox 360 kiosks coming to childrens hospitals

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Microsoft is teaming up with Companions in Courage to bring Xbox 360 kiosks to children’s hospitals across the US, beginning with Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital of New York-Presbyterian, Children’s Hospital & Regional Medical Center of Seattle and the Children’s Hospital of Orange County, California which already have the kiosks installed.

The units are “hospital-friendly” and are preloaded with a variety of E and E10+ games, Y-rated television programs, G-rated movies and the Xbox Live headset / Vision camera to play games online. (guess no Gears of War for the kids).

The kiosks will also be using a private Live network so the kids can play and chat with other kids in other hospitals.

“Microsoft is committed to keeping kids entertained in a variety of ways within a safer gaming environment, so partnering with Companions in Courage to offer children in hospitals a way to connect through something as universal as games is a natural fit for the work we do,” said Robby Bach said, president of the Entertainment and Devices Division at Microsoft. “The goal for this program is to give these kids a chance to have some fun and just be kids.”

Champions in Courage, in case you’re not familiar with it (I wasn’t), was founded by NHL Hall of Famer Pat LaFontaine.

[Via Engadget]

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