Posts Tagged ‘Science’

EVE Online’s Project Discovery to help find real planets

It seems everything has science in it these days. You can’t even enjoy the simple pleasure of eating an apple without some Frankenstein telling you that actually, apples are made of science. Get back to your chalkboard, nerd. Even space isn’t safe from science! Spaceship MMO EVE Online [official site] is bringing back its “citizen science” scheme Project Discovery, this time using real astronomical data to help find actual exoplanets. It’s probably more a minigame than any sort of virtual exploration, to be clear, but that’s science for you: less glamorous than it initially sounds. Read the rest of this entry »

Tricone Lab Combines Puzzles With Hard Science

I was terrible at science at school so it’s just as well games like Tricone Lab [official site] exist. It’s a puzzle game in which you “interact with the elements of a microscopic organism” en route to solving what it throws at you. As intimidating as this may sound, success hinges on the simple principles of thinking logically and how well you’re able to grasp its systems. Perhaps if games like this were a thing when I was at school I wouldn’t have failed Standard Grade biology.

Developer Partickhill Games has just released Tricone Lab on Steam Early Access and I suggest you learn more about it from them, not me, in the trailer below:

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American Psychological Association Continues Bad Science Relating To Video Game Violence

Edit: A previous version of this story incorrectly stated that the open letter was in response to the APA’s latest publication. It has been updated to be more accurate.

Despite a coherent effort by academics to stand up to the bad science about video games being spread by the American Pyschological Association, they have released another study making all the same mistakes. Unfortunately, the APA has a history of taking a deeply skewed and unscientific approach when it comes to data on this subject, as we reported in 2011. In 2013, 230 academics and scientists signed an open letter stating their objection to the claims being made by the APA, calling them “misleading and alarmist”. It didn’t seem to make a difference.

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Study Shows No Harmful Impact From Gaming On Children

A paper published this year (pdf) by the University Of Glasgow (and only just spotted by us and everyone else) looked at whether playing videogames at 5 years old brought about any behavioural changes by the time the subjects were 7. And found there none. In fact, it found that while they could measure an extremely small difference when it came to more time spent in front of the television, perhaps surprisingly, the same wasn’t shown to be true of gaming. Of course, as is always the case, it’s well worth asking “why?” before marching down the street sounding trumpets. Let’s take a look.

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The Lies That Bind Us: The Mainstream Media And Gaming

In the wake of the terrible shootings in Washington on Monday, today’s Mirror front page looks like this. Call Of Duty blamed. And the paper is certainly not alone. Meanwhile, a couple of weeks ago we were hearing how gaming improves multitasking skills, keeping our “brains younger”. Except last week we were told that multitasking is bad for us, and “computers weaken our brain”. However it’s approached, the mainstream media really doesn’t seem to know what to do with gaming.

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Summer of Science: The Royal Society Game Jam

For someone like me, a history buff who hasn’t done anything scientific since setting fire to his school tie with a Bunsen burner, the Royal Society is pretty much a mythological institution. Its presidents have included Christopher Wren, Samuel Pepys and Isaac Newton, and the current holder of the position, Paul Nurse, is both a Nobel Prize winning geneticist and a believer in strong public discourse about scientific matters. In May, preceding its Summer Science Exhibition, the venerable institution will host a gamejam, teaming developers with the scientists behind the exhibits that showcase the best of current research and technology in the UK. Pepys would have approved. All the details, including how to enter yourself for consideration, are below.

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