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Developer Asema Hassan Creates Video Games To Combat Dementia, Neuro-Degenerative Diseases

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A Pakistani game developer has found a unique way to deal with dementia and other neurodegenerative diseases and that is via the help of video games.

Asema Hassan is passionate about arts and has decided to integrate that into a career as a video game developer. The games Asema develops aren’t similar to video games you will find in the market. Rather, they aim at changing the world.

She creates video games that can be used to improve education, promote personal growth, and build communities.

The young developer started her career as a video game programmer after landing a full-time job at a game studio as a software engineer. During that time, she was also enrolled in Masters in Computer Science at COMSATS University in Islamabad.

At the studio, she developed around 35 games before moving to Germany to gain a Master’s in Digital Engineering at Otto von Guericke University.

After specializing in Artificial Intelligence (AI), now she works as a Virtual Reality (VR) programmer for DZNE, the German Center for Neurodegenerative Diseases.

She also wants to inspire other Pakistani women to enter the field of game developing. “It is tough for women, but you have to stay focused on what you want. Keep learning and keep improving yourself. Find someone to support and push you,” she said.

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