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”

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”

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”

The One Born of Fire: a pterosaurological analysis of Rodan

Henry N. Thomas University of California, Berkeley, USA. Email: h.thomas (at) berkeley (dot) edu Download PDF Rodan is a giant monster, or kaiju, created by Toho Studios (Tokyo, Japan). First appearing in 1956 in its own movie (aptly named Rodan), the monster has since become strongly associated with the Godzilla franchise (Fig. 1). Rodan hasContinue reading “The One Born of Fire: a pterosaurological analysis of Rodan”

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”

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”

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”

Pokémollusca: the mollusk-inspired Pokémon

Rodrigo B. Salvador¹ & Daniel C. Cavallari² ¹ Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, New Zealand. ² Faculdade de Filosofia, Ciências e Letras de Ribeirão Preto, Universidade de São Paulo, Brazil. Emails: salvador.rodrigo.b (at) gmail (dot) com, dccavallari (at) gmail (dot) com Download PDF The phylum Mollusca appeared during the Cambrian Period, over 500Continue reading “Pokémollusca: the mollusk-inspired Pokémon”

Wingspan: how birds colonized board games

Interview with Elizabeth Hargrave Download PDF Wingspan is a game entirely about birds and it has been a wonderful surprise, being considered one of the hottest titles for 2019[1]. This is the first game from designer Elizabeth Hargrave, published by Stonemaier Games, and will be available in March this year. In this game, the playersContinue reading “Wingspan: how birds colonized board games”

Valleys Between: bringing environmental issues to games

Niamh Fitzgerald Little Lost Fox. Wellington, New Zealand. Email: niamh (at) littlelostfox (dot) com Download PDF Valleys Between[1] is an environmental puzzle game, where your goal is to grow your world for as long as you can while protecting it from threats that will damage its health. When we started designing Valleys Between we wanted toContinue reading “Valleys Between: bringing environmental issues to games”