Noah J Nelson on Tuesday, Apr. 22nd
The annual Games for Change festival, which focuses on games with social impact and educational uses gets underway in New York City today. This year the festival is partnering with the Tribeca Film Festival, which is featuring the event as part of its Innovation Week, along with their own Storyscapes showcase.
Among the games on display is Foldit, which asks players to “solve puzzles for science.” Laura Parker of the New York Times explains:
Foldit asked players to take on the role of a biochemist and map out how proteins might be folded in nature. The game provided scores based on how well they performed. Three papers in the journal Nature have been published, based on Foldit discoveries, since the game’s release in 2008; the most famous, in 2011, explained how Foldit players had helped to decipher the structure of an AIDS-related enzyme, a problem that scientists had been trying to solve for years.