Testing the Astolfo Effect on newly-released servants in Fate/Grand Order

João Vitor Tomotani¹ & Rodrigo Brincalepe Salvador²,³ ¹ Independent Researcher. São Paulo, SP, Brazil. ²The Arctic University Museum of Norway, UiT – The Arctic University of Norway, Tromsø, Norway. ³Department of Arctic and Marine Biology, Faculty of Biosciences, Fisheries and Economics, UiT – The Arctic University of Norway, Tromsø, Norway. Emails: tjvitor (at) gmail (dot)Continue reading “Testing the Astolfo Effect on newly-released servants in Fate/Grand Order”

The Two-Dimensional Knapsack Problem, or how to optimize your inventory to fight zombies

João Vitor Tomotani Independent Researcher. São Paulo, SP, Brazil. Email: tjvitor (at) gmail (dot) com Download PDF INVENTORIES IN RPGS AND ADVENTURE GAMES Video games came a long way to be at where they are today. From the CRT Amusement Devices invented by physicists Thomas Goldsmith Jr. and Estle Mann in 1947, to the OXOContinue reading “The Two-Dimensional Knapsack Problem, or how to optimize your inventory to fight zombies”

Arludo: bringing science and math to students through games

Interview with Michael Kasumovic Download PDF Arludo was founded by Michael Kasumovic, an evolutionary biologist, researcher and professor at the University of New South Wales, Australia. It is a bit difficult to define what Arludo is in a single word; broadly put, it is a game studio that also offer educational material and services, andContinue reading “Arludo: bringing science and math to students through games”

Cicadas in Japanese video games and anime

Rodrigo Brincalepe Salvador Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa. Wellington, New Zealand. Email: salvador.rodrigo.b (at) gmail (dot) com Download PDF If you ever watched an anime, chances are at some point you have heard an incessant buzzing sound in the background. Those are cicadas, the sound of summer in Japan. Summer only truly arrivesContinue reading “Cicadas in Japanese video games and anime”

The biology of vampires

João Pedro O. Krizek & Marcus Vinicius D. V. Muller Instituto Federal de Educação, Ciência e Tecnologia de São Paulo, São Paulo, SP, Brazil. Emails: jpokrizek (at) gmail (dot) com; marcusvdvmuller (at) gmail (dot) com Download PDF Vampires are mythological and folkloric creatures that have been catching people’s attention for centuries (Fig. 1). They (fortunatelyContinue reading “The biology of vampires”

Did Dracula really transmit the plague? The history of bloodsuckers and their diseases

Julia Kasper Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa. Wellington, New Zealand. Email: julia.kasper (at) tepapa (dot) govt (dot) nz Download PDF “Diseases have spawn one of the most enduring and widespread monster myths in civilisation.” (Dowling, 2016) Vampires are some of the most persistent and best-known creatures in the western world. Different cultures haveContinue reading “Did Dracula really transmit the plague? The history of bloodsuckers and their diseases”

Entomophagy and future foodstuff: a saga of sinister locusts in The Swarm

Muzafar Riyaz Division of Taxonomy & Biodiversity, Entomology Research Institute, Loyola College, Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India. Email: bhatmuzaffar471 (at) gmail (dot) com Download PDF The Swarm (La Nuée) is a 2020 French horror film later released by Netflix worldwide on 06 August 2021 (except in France, China and Spain). The film was directed by JustContinue reading “Entomophagy and future foodstuff: a saga of sinister locusts in The Swarm”

Killer plants and fungi in horror cinema

Luciano L. Rasia División Paleontología Vertebrados, Museo de La Plata, La Plata, Argentina. Email: lucianorasia (at) hotmail (dot) com Download PDF As recently addressed (Rasia, 2020), animals have been the focus of horror films since the very beginning of the genre, with more than 400 films about killer animals to date. That is not theContinue reading “Killer plants and fungi in horror cinema”

“Believe in Getter!” or “Believe in humanity!”? Getter Robo Saga as a parable of technology

Rafael Galvão de Almeida Centro de Desenvolvimento e Planejamento Regional, Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais, Belo Horizonte, MG, Brazil. Email: rga1605 (at) gmail (dot) com Download PDF Humanity’s technological progress is nothing short of incredible. If we consider that civilization is 12,000 years old, the vast majority of technological advances was produced in the lastContinue reading ““Believe in Getter!” or “Believe in humanity!”? Getter Robo Saga as a parable of technology”

A critical reappraisal of dinosaur reconstructions in Zoo Tycoon 2: Extinct Animals

Rafael M. Rosa Faculdade de Filosofia, Ciências e Letras de Ribeirão Preto, Universidade de São Paulo, Ribeirão Preto, SP, Brazil. E-mail: Email: rafaelmassonrosa (at) usp (dot) br Download PDF Zoo Tycoon 2 is a zoo-building simulation game developed by Blue Fang Games and originally released in 2004 as a sequel to the classic Zoo TycoonContinue reading “A critical reappraisal of dinosaur reconstructions in Zoo Tycoon 2: Extinct Animals”