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”

Corsola ecosystems in the Galar region

Rodrigo B. Salvador Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa. Wellington, New Zealand. Email: salvador.rodrigo.b (at) gmail (dot) com Download PDF To begin this article in the most honest way I can think of, I must state that as a biologist I’ve always complained about those absurdities in the Pokémon franchise that could have beenContinue reading “Corsola ecosystems in the Galar region”

The Climate Trail: how to survive the climate apocalypse

Interview with William D. Volk Download PDF The Climate Trail[1] is a new and totally free game for PC and mobiles developed by Willian D. Volk. The game takes place in the in future, when our inaction regarding the climate crisis has rendered much of the world uninhabitable. The player leads climate refugees as theyContinue reading “The Climate Trail: how to survive the climate apocalypse”

Mondo Museum: a sim game to build your own world-class dream museum

Interview with Michel McBride-Charpentier Download PDF Mondo Museum is an upcoming simulation game developed by Viewport Games[1] where you can build your dream museum. Equipped with dinosaurs, Books of the Dead, classical paintings, and space-age stuff, Mondo Museum has something for everyone. The game will be soon published by Kitfox Games and is already listedContinue reading “Mondo Museum: a sim game to build your own world-class dream museum”

Perceiving the emotions of Pokémon

Ben J. Jennings1 1 Centre for Cognitive Neuroscience, Brunel University London, London, U.K. E-mail: ben.jennings (at) brunel.ac (dot) uk Download PDF The ability to reliably perceive the emotions of other people is vital for normal social functioning, and the human face is perhaps the strongest non-verbal cue that can be utilized when judging the emotionalContinue reading “Perceiving the emotions of Pokémon”

Cosplay at Armageddon Expo*

Paul Mountfort1, Anne Peirson-Smith2 & Adam Geczy3 1 Auckland University of Technology, Auckland, New Zealand. Email: paul.mountfort (at) aut.ac (dot) nz 2 City University of Hong Kong, Kowloon, Hong Kong. Email: enanneps (at) cityu.edu (dot) hk 3 University of Sidney, Sidney, Australia. Email: adam.geczy (at) sydney.edu (dot) au * This is an extract from ChapterContinue reading “Cosplay at Armageddon Expo*”

Inspiration for the character design of Squids Odyssey

Audrey Leprince¹ ¹The Game Bakers, Montpellier, France. Email: audrey (at) thegamebakers (dot) com Download PDF Squids Odyssey is a role-playing game by French studio The Game Bakers. It is the latest entry in the Squids franchise, released in 2014 for Nintendo 3DS and WiiU, and more recently, in 2018 for PC and Nintendo Switch. TheContinue reading “Inspiration for the character design of Squids Odyssey”

Through the Darkest of Times: life as the resistance during the Third Reich

Interview with Jörg Friedrich Download PDF Through the Darkest of Times is a historical strategy video game taking place in Berlin during the Third Reich, from Hitler’s seizure of power in 1933 to Germany’s surrender in 1945. The player leads a civilian resistance group fighting off the new regime how they can. The resistance isContinue reading “Through the Darkest of Times: life as the resistance during the Third Reich”