kevan + games + science   8

Neuroscience: Brain buzz : Nature News
"Volunteers receiving 2 milliamps to the scalp [showed] twice as much improvement in the game after a short amount of training as those receiving one-twentieth the amount of current."
electricity  brains  games  science  via:mugla 
april 2011 by kevan
Games Without Frontiers: How Videogames Blind Us With Science
"The behavior of the environment and the creatures in it are governed by hidden and generally unchanging rules, encoded by the game designers. In the process of learning a game, gamers try to deduce those rules. This leads them, without them even realizing it, to the scientific method."
games  science  mmorpgs  education 
september 2008 by kevan
Technology Review: Biologists Enlist Online Gamers
"By making the game available to anyone over the Web, the researchers expect to find people they call protein savants--people who are very good at solving protein structures and who will spend several hours a week playing the game."
science  medicine  games  simulation  brains 
may 2008 by kevan
Science Museum - Launchpad Online - Launchball
A suitably scientific machine-building puzzle game from the Science Museum, with a nice mix of simple square components and pinpoint ball physics.
games  flash  science  simulation  puzzles  via:tim 
october 2007 by kevan
Gamasutra - The Chemistry Of Game Design
Interesting flowchart model of gamer experience. "In a deeply linked skill chain, a burnout early on can chop off huge sections of the player’s potential experience. You can think of learning curves in terms of managing early stage burnout."
games  design  science 
july 2007 by kevan
Armadillo Run
Elegant hybrid of Pontifex and The Incredible Machine. A good measure of a physics engine's realism is how *funny* it is, and this one's good.
games  download  science  construction  mammals  via:jay 
may 2006 by kevan
game physics
Useful collection of physics-programming articles. "If there is one thing that will immerse the player in the game more than great graphics, its great physics."
games  programming  science 
july 2004 by kevan
Wikipedia - Fundamental Theorem of Poker
"Every time you play a hand differently from the way you would have played it if you could see all your opponents' cards, they gain."
cards  games  science 
april 2004 by kevan

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