Games can produce serious results!

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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