Love it or hate it, video games changed our lives. Thousands of people play video games, many of them play it on their mobile devices. Some are playing it for fun while others play it as part of their lifestyle. Realizing this trend, scientists around the world have come up with a creative idea to turn games into research tools, enabling them to accelerate their research progress. Here are 10 of such amazing games.
10. Happy Match
Happy Match is a citizen science game developed by a group of scientists at the Syracuse University. The game has several different versions for us to choose (such as Happy Moths!, Happy Sharks! and Happy Rays!). Regardless of the version, the goal is the same. At the start of the game, we will be shown a collection of animal photos, to which we must classify by answering simple questions about their features. Not only good for fun, by playing the game, we also help scientists to classify these animals!
9. Astro Drone
If you own a Parrot AR.Drone Quadricopter, then Astro Drone is right up your alley. Astro Drone is a game developed by European Space Agency (ESA) as part of a scientific crowdsourcing project. The game will ask us to guide the drone through several space missions in augmented reality, executing several types of maneuvers such as landing, docking or to avoid obstacles. Data gained through our game play will also help ESA to improve their space probes’ autonomous capability.