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”

The sea slugs of Shiroi Suna no Aquatope

Rodrigo Brincalepe Salvador¹ & Ken Kuroki² ¹ Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa. Wellington, New Zealand. Email: salvador.rodrigo.b (at) gmail (dot) com ² Graduate School of Science, the University of Tokyo. Tokyo, Japan. Email: kurokik (at) gmail (dot) com Download PDF Shiroi Suna no Aquatope (白い砂のアクアトープ) is a new anime by P.A. Works thatContinue reading “The sea slugs of Shiroi Suna no Aquatope”

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”

Short note on recent sightings of Rodan in Godzilla Singular Point

Henry Nathaniel Thomas University of California, Berkeley, CA, USA. Email: h.thomas (at) berkeley (dot) edu Download PDF Since the time I wrote a previous Journal of Geek Studies article on the giant pterosaur kaiju Rodan (Thomas, 2020), another piece of media featuring the character has aired: the anime series Godzilla Singular Point by the studiosContinue reading “Short note on recent sightings of Rodan in Godzilla Singular Point”

Fly-A-Way: a board game to save migratory birds

Interview with Simon Vincent Download PDF Fly-A-Way is a brand new board game created by the team at Playlogue Creations.[1] In it, players are conservationists helping out birds in their migration across one of the world’s largest flyway.[2] The birds will face many dangers, so the players will have to make sure these critters complete theirContinue reading “Fly-A-Way: a board game to save migratory birds”

Using How to Train Your Dragon to teach about endangered species, the scientific method, and popularization of science

Matheus C. Drago Universidade Federal do Estado do Rio de Janeiro. Rio de Janeiro, RJ, Brazil. E-mail: matheusdrago96 (at) gmail (dot) com Download PDF How to Train Your Dragon (2010) is one of DreamWorks’ most famous movies and is set on the fictional Berk, a place where fighting between Vikings and dragons is pretty common.Continue reading “Using How to Train Your Dragon to teach about endangered species, the scientific method, and popularization of science”

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”