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Garrett Eastman

2013 National STEM Video Game Challenge! - 0 views

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    "The National STEM Video Game Challenge is a multi-year competition that aims to motivate interest in STEM learning among America's youth by tapping into students' natural passion for playing and making video games. Join the new faces of game design and start designing today! .. Deadline is April 24, 2013.
Garrett Eastman

Game On, Science - How Video Game Technology May Help Biologists Tackle Visualization C... - 0 views

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    Abstract: "The video games industry develops ever more advanced technologies to improve rendering, image quality, ergonomics and user experience of their creations providing very simple to use tools to design new games. In the molecular sciences, only a small number of experts with specialized know-how are able to design interactive visualization applications, typically static computer programs that cannot easily be modified. Are there lessons to be learned from video games? Could their technology help us explore new molecular graphics ideas and render graphics developments accessible to non-specialists? This approach points to an extension of open computer programs, not only providing access to the source code, but also delivering an easily modifiable and extensible scientific research tool. In this work, we will explore these questions using the Unity3D game engine to develop and prototype a biological network and molecular visualization application for subsequent use in research or education. We have compared several routines to represent spheres and links between them, using either built-in Unity3D features or our own implementation. These developments resulted in a stand-alone viewer capable of displaying molecular structures, surfaces, animated electrostatic field lines and biological networks with powerful, artistic and illustrative rendering methods. We consider this work as a proof of principle demonstrating that the functionalities of classical viewers and more advanced novel features could be implemented in substantially less time and with less development effort. Our prototype is easily modifiable and extensible and may serve others as starting point and platform for their developments. A webserver example, standalone versions for MacOS X, Linux and Windows, source code, screen shots, videos and documentation are available at the address: http://unitymol.sourceforge.net/."
Garrett Eastman

A Slower Speed of Light - 0 views

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    "A Slower Speed of Light is a first-person game prototype in which players navigate a 3D space while picking up orbs that reduce the speed of light in increments. Custom-built, open-source relativistic graphics code allows the speed of light in the game to approach the player's own maximum walking speed. Visual effects of special relativity gradually become apparent to the player, increasing the challenge of gameplay. These effects, rendered in realtime to vertex accuracy, include the Doppler effect (red- and blue-shifting of visible light, and the shifting of infrared and ultraviolet light into the visible spectrum); the searchlight effect (increased brightness in the direction of travel); time dilation (differences in the perceived passage of time from the player and the outside world); Lorentz transformation (warping of space at near-light speeds); and the runtime effect (the ability to see objects as they were in the past, due to the travel time of light). Players can choose to share their mastery and experience of the game through Twitter. A Slower Speed of Light combines accessible gameplay and a fantasy setting with theoretical and computational physics research to deliver an engaging and pedagogically rich experience."
Garrett Eastman

Your tax dollars at play: Defending federal funding for games - 0 views

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    "In any sufficiently sized government, it's going to be pretty easy to cherry-pick examples of programs that seem wasteful or unnecessary. So it's not too surprising that Senator Tom Coburn (R-OK) is able to do just that each year with his headline-grabbing "Waste Book," listing 100 examples of extraneous spending in the US government. ... But when the Waste Book deals with federal grants for a number of video game-related projects, it seems to write them off without considering the important scientific and artistic goals the projects achieve. While Coburn appears to believe it's self-evident that anything related to games couldn't possibly be worthy of federal funding, talking to the people behind these projects shows taxpayer dollars are going to much more than mindless entertainment."
Garrett Eastman

Water Simulation Methods for Games: a Comparison - 0 views

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    "Physics engines have created a whole new source of emergence
    and fun for digital games. Water simulation could add
    another similar emergent interaction element, but it is currently
    only rarely used as a part of gameplay. The reasons
    for this are analysed and different water simulation methods
    are compared, focusing on actual game usage. Based
    on this, we suggest using the extremely simple but fast pipe
    model. The simplicity of the underlying simulation can be
    masked in many ways using modern shader effects and other
    tricks. An example of the pipe method in action is given and
    compared to more sophisticated fluid solvers."
Garrett Eastman

The Scientific Community Game - 0 views

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    "The key contribution of this paper is a simple protocol language
    which is at the heart of defining constructive claims through games.
    Our protocol language generalizes the class of claims that can be
    expressed in predicate logic. We build on the long tradition in logic
    and games of imperfect information: our protocol language can
    also express indeterminate claims, such as "I am better than you at
    solving this problem."
    The purpose of SCG is to provide a helpful framework to develop
    and disseminate the world's constructive claims in formal scientific
    domains. The development of claims is both collaborative and selfevaluating
    using the global brain."
Garrett Eastman

Supporting STEM Learning With Gaming Technologies: Principles For Effective Design - 0 views

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    Abstract: "In this paper, methods and models for the design of educational interventions and usable systems are presented and synthesized. The purpose is to suplliment the design process with educational considerations and discern design principles for the development of serious STEM games. This synthesis can contribute to the design of the next generation of technologically enhanced learning environments. "
Garrett Eastman

Crowd-sourced BioGames: Managing The Big Data Problem for Next- Generation Lab-on-a-Chi... - 0 views

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    A game designed to handle large datasets to speed up disease diagnosis through crowdsourcing
Garrett Eastman

Video game's aim: curb HIV infection - 0 views

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    "Given the accessibility of games, Fiellin and other Yale researchers see them as an ideal way to teach kids the skills they need to prevent HIV infection. The project is being funded by grants from the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, and by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Clinical Scholars program at Yale."
Garrett Eastman

Viral game sparking iPhone-demic - 0 views

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    "A new iPhone game that turns players into pathogens keen on destroying humanity has gone viral and its creator and locals say the app does a better job of teaching users about disease than terrifying them. In the two weeks since its release, Plague Inc. has become the top paid app for iPhones."
Garrett Eastman

Games in research: CAIS/ACSI 2012 wrap-up " Information Science " tl-dr - 0 views

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    Report from the Canadian Association of Information Science meeting focusing on game research. Features audio and slides for the presentation "Gaming Works: Mental Health and Wellness in Massively Multiplayer Online Role Playing Games" by Diane Rasmussen Neal and Caroline Whippey (scroll down page for presentation)
Garrett Eastman

National STEM Video Game Challenge Winners Announced -- WASHINGTON, May 22, 2012 /PRNew... - 0 views

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    More Than $100,000 Awarded to Students and Educators by The Joan Ganz Cooney Center at Sesame Workshop and E-Line Media WASHINGTON, May 22, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The winners of the National STEM Video Game Challenge, a competition to motivate interest in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) by learning, playing and making video games, were announced today at The Atlantic's Technologies in Education Forum in Washington, DC.
Garrett Eastman

Rice University Center for Technology in Teaching and Learning - 0 views

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    game based science learning, science and health games linked in sidebar
Garrett Eastman

Generating game content from open data - 0 views

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    "A data game is a game that allows the
    player(s) to explore data that is derived from outside the
    game, by transforming the data into something that can be
    played with. In other words, games as a form of interactive
    data visualisation."
Garrett Eastman

How Nanotechnology is Portrayed in Video Games - The Metal Gear Solid Saga - 0 views

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    "In Metal Gear Solid 4, an advanced battlefield control network called "Sons of the Patriots" monitors and enhances the performance of soldiers deployed in combat via nanomachines injected in their body. Octo-camo, a form of smart camouflage, can replicate both the pattern and texture of any surface it comes in contact with."
Garrett Eastman

Leveraging Digital Game Design in an Informal Science Learning Environment to Motivate ... - 0 views

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    Introducing high school students to biology concepts via Spore and designing their own science games via Spore Galactic Environment (SGA), over an eight week period with twice a week classroom meetings.
Garrett Eastman

NASA Announces Student Winners in Space Game Design Challenge - 0 views

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    NASA Announces Student Winners in Space Game Design Challenge BAY ST. LOUIS, Miss. -- Three school student teams in the fifth through eighth grades have been selected as the winners of NASA's second annual Spaced Out Sports challenge. The students designed science-based games that will be played by astronauts aboard the International Space Station (ISS).
Garrett Eastman

Video games offer clues for cancer research - 0 views

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    "Wake Forest - Science researchers, inspired by the graphics used to create video games, have used the technology to create advanced imaging systems to examine cancerous cells. The research may pave the way for new "designer drugs" to combat certain forms of cancer."
Garrett Eastman

Queen's University computing professor sparks gamers' creativity at world renowned conf... - 0 views

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    "Gamers don't just play Nicholas Graham's new video game, Liberi Live – they design it. While one player is rolling and bouncing a ball over obstacles and collecting coins another player can control the course design. The two interact together and with a touch of a button, obstacles or ramps can be added to completely change the game."
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