Cultural lepidopterology in modern Japan: butterflies as spiritual insects in the Akihabara Culture

Hideto Hoshina Faculty of Education, University of Fukui, Fukui City, 910-8507 Japan. Email: hhoshina (at) f-edu.u-fukui (dot) ac (dot) jp Download PDF Butterflies are one of the most popular insects because they have diversified and colorful wings. They were probably the first insects to be collected purely for their beauty (Preston-Mafham, 2004). In the WesternContinue reading “Cultural lepidopterology in modern Japan: butterflies as spiritual insects in the Akihabara Culture”

Ancient Egyptian royalty in Fate/Grand Order

Rodrigo B. Salvador Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa. Wellington, New Zealand. Email: salvador.rodrigo.b (at) gmail (dot) com Download PDF Fate/Grand Order, and the Fate franchise in general, is probably something all historians, archaeologists and literature scholars at large curse every time they do a Google Search for a historical figure or famous literaryContinue reading “Ancient Egyptian royalty in Fate/Grand Order”

The belligerent crustaceans of Fight Crab

Interview with Onuki Masafumi Download PDF Fight Crab is a new game by the indie studio Calappa Games[1] (aka Nussoft, Japan). As you might have suspected from the title, it revolves around crabs fighting each other. What you might not have anticipated, though, is that the crabs fight wielding over 40 different kinds of weapons,Continue reading “The belligerent crustaceans of Fight Crab”

Pokécrustacea: the crustacean-inspired Pokémon

Rafael M. Rosa, Daniel C. Cavallari & Ana L. Vera-Silva Faculdade de Filosofia, Ciências e Letras de Ribeirão Preto, Universidade de São Paulo. Ribeirão Preto, SP, Brazil. Emails: rafaelmassonrosa (at) usp (dot) br; dccavallari (at) usp (dot) br; ana_luiza_vera (at) hotmail (dot) com Download PDF Crustaceans are a large and incredibly diverse group of veryContinue reading “Pokécrustacea: the crustacean-inspired Pokémon”

Beyond Blue: a game backed by real science

Interview with Mandy Joye Download PDF Beyond Blue is a new multiplatform indie game by E-Line Media.[1] The game is set in the near future, and you explore the ocean as part of a new research team. During your dives, you can see and interact with the marine fauna. One of the most interesting thingsContinue reading “Beyond Blue: a game backed by real science”

What’s your favourite Pokémon? Pocket monster popularity reflects interest in real-world Biology

Justine Le Vaillant Department of Evolutionary Ecology, Estación Biológica de Doñana (CSIC), Seville, Spain. Email: justine0le.vaillant (at) gmail (dot) com Download PDF Tell me what Pokémon you like, and I will tell you who you are. Each person is different and has different tastes, and within all the diversity of Pokémon, everyone, independent of gender,Continue reading “What’s your favourite Pokémon? Pocket monster popularity reflects interest in real-world Biology”

Svoboda 1945: life after World War II

Interview with Vít Šisler Download PDF Svoboda 1945[1] is a game in development by indie studio Charles Games (Prague, Czech Republic). It is scheduled for release later in 2020. In this game, you will live in a small town in the Czechoslovak-German border, right after World War II is over. The region is marked byContinue reading “Svoboda 1945: life after World War II”

Fossil Pokémon and the foibles of Paleontology

Rodrigo B. Salvador Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa. Wellington, New Zealand. Email: salvador.rodrigo.b (at) gmail (dot) com Download PDF Paleontology is the scientific study of life in the geologic past, which is visible to us today in the form of fossils. It studies the evolution and diversity of life throughout the entire historyContinue reading “Fossil Pokémon and the foibles of Paleontology”

Project Hospital: a realistic take on hospital simulation

Interview with Jan Beneš Download PDF Project Hospital[1] is a game developed by indie studio Oxymoron games (Prague, Czech Republic). In it, you build and manage every single detail of your own hospital – and you can diagnose and treat patients as well! Launched in 2018 on Steam, the game features a wealth of real-world-basedContinue reading “Project Hospital: a realistic take on hospital simulation”

A paleontological outlook on the Super Mario Bros. movie

Henry N. Thomas University of California, Berkeley, USA. Email: h.thomas (at) berkeley (dot) edu Download PDF Among the many unique choices made while making the 1993 movie Super Mario Bros. was the large focus on dinosaurs. Much of the movie takes place in Dinohattan, an alternate New York in a universe where humans evolved fromContinue reading “A paleontological outlook on the Super Mario Bros. movie”