The Trust is inviting researchers to share ideas for games based on their PhD work in biomedical science or the medical humanities, and small teams of games developers to turn these ideas into addictive, challenging and educational games. Those selected will partner at a two-day hack in which the games will be created. The best of these will receive funding to develop into a releasable game.
To help inspire ideas and give researchers a flavour of what’s possible, a web app, developed by Mobile Pie, has been commissioned, offering an interactive and fully embeddable guide to the nuts and bolts of mechanics and motivation that lie behind successful game design. The web app also features sample 16-bit mini games to illustrate the different elements of gaming, including a Darwin-inspired ‘survival of the fittest’ pigeon game, a Mendel genetics puzzle game and a game based on Asch’s work on conformity.
Good idea. It’s not all or nothing, either; it’s worthwhile just to make documents more poke-able.