Our new Indie Games subforum is now open for business in G&T. Go and check it out, you might land a code for a free game. If you're developing an indie game and want to post about it, follow these directions. If you don't, he'll break your legs! Hahaha! Seriously though.
I recently checked out this game/science experiment, and it's quite good. Foldit is a PC game that takes the formula of [email protected] and turns it into a game under the basis that human intuition could solve problems no computer could.
The game itself is presented as a series of puzzles, slowly introducing you to the concepts of the game, offering point values for completing each level.
The team consulted with game developers in creation of Foldit, which along with human intuition introduces a competitive element to protein folding, allowing for players to create teams that will eventually compete against top researchers around the world. The game has been in testing with puzzles involving known proteins, and now they are beginning to move on to puzzles with unknown solutions. Later this year they intend to introduce proteins they wish existed, allowing players to possibly create all new biological creations within a game.
The potential for this is enormous, so waste some time curing diseases.