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”

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”

Facing extinction in Endling

Interview with Javier Ramello Download PDF Endling – Extinction is Forever is an upcoming multi-platform game developed by Herobeat Studios and published by HandyGames. As its name implies[1], the game tells the story of the last known survivors of a species. This a very timely game, as it touches upon a topic that is theContinue reading “Facing extinction in Endling”

Morphological and behavioural aspects of the infected in The Last of Us: a natural science look at a videogame fungus-human parasitoid interaction

Andrea Villa1 & Alessio del Negro2 1Institut Català de Paleontologia Miquel Crusafont, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, Barcelona, Spain. Email: andrewjayhouse (at) gmail (dot) com 2Independent Researcher, Milano, Italy. Email: alessio.delnegro05 (at) gmail (dot) com Download PDF Starting in 2013 and recently back to hit the headlines with the sequel, The Last of Us (TLoU, hereinContinue reading “Morphological and behavioural aspects of the infected in The Last of Us: a natural science look at a videogame fungus-human parasitoid interaction”

The Astolfo Effect: the popularity of Fate/Grand Order characters in comparison to their real counterparts

João Vitor Tomotani¹ & Rodrigo Brincalepe Salvador² ¹ Independent Researcher. São Paulo, SP, Brazil. ² Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa. Wellington, New Zealand. Emails: tjvitor (at) gmail (dot) com; salvador.rodrigo.b (at) gmail (dot) com Download PDF The Fate franchise started with the computer game Fate/stay night back in 2004. To put it briefly,Continue reading “The Astolfo Effect: the popularity of Fate/Grand Order characters in comparison to their real counterparts”

Floral gigantism in the Pokémon world

Lucas C. Marinho1 & Liming Cai2 1 Departamento de Biologia, Universidade Federal do Maranhão, São Luís, Maranhão, Brazil. Email: lc.marinho (at) ufma (dot) br 2 Department of Botany & Plant Sciences, University of California, Riverside, California, USA. Email: limingc (at) ucr (dot) edu Download PDF With more than 260,000 species, flowering plants represent one ofContinue reading “Floral gigantism in the Pokémon world”

Mary Anning: fossil collector, paleontologist, and heroic spirit

Rodrigo Brincalepe Salvador Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa. Wellington, New Zealand. Email: salvador.rodrigo.b (at) gmail (dot) com Download PDF Mary Anning (1799–1847) was a British fossil collector and self-taught paleontologist who made several important discoveries in the Jurassic rocks around her home in Lyme Regis. Unfortunately, she did not have the acknowledgment inContinue reading “Mary Anning: fossil collector, paleontologist, and heroic spirit”

The giant snails of ARK: Survival Evolved

Rodrigo B. Salvador¹, Rafael M. Rosa², Fernanda S. Silva³ & Daniel C. Cavallari² ¹ Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, Wellington, New Zealand. Email: salvador.rodrigo.b (at) gmail (dot) com ² Faculdade de Filosofia, Ciências e Letras de Ribeirão Preto, Ribeirão Preto, SP, Brazil. Emails: rafaelmassonrosa (at) usp (dot) br; dccavallari (at) gmail (dot) comContinue reading “The giant snails of ARK: Survival Evolved”

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”