The prestigious scientific journal Nature recently published an article describing a medical discovery made by playing games. You can read the article Here . The short version of the story is that players of the networked game Foldit collectively solved a problem which had stumped scientists with super computers for years. How long did it take them? Weeks.
This sort of crowd sourced game based activity is a perfect example of how re-framing activities as games can transform oppressive obstacles into engaging challenges.
Nature News,Published online: 22 January 2012; | doi:10.1038/nature.2012.9872
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