Borderlands 3 players, Gearbox studio offers you the opportunity to help science! The infirmary Tannis, Sanctuary, now hosts a special arcade with a special mini-game: Borderlands Science.
You will be able to solve the puzzles of the gut microbiome and earn rewards in-game. 2K Games and Gearbox have released a funny video presentation narrated by actress and neuroscientist Mayim Bialik, known for her role as Amy Farrah Fowler in The Big Bang Theory series.
Borderlands Science to aid scientific research
In full pandemic coronavirus, video games are in a rather comfortable position. They allow to escape (virtually) the containment, and share time (remote) with his friends.
So why not mix business with pleasure? After the Foldit project, the video game that wants to help research, it’s Borderlands 3’s turn to start dancing.
Indeed, Gearbox, in partnership with McGill University, Massively Multiplayer Online Science and The Microsetta Initiative has integrated a mini-game within his dystopian title, only two weeks after the release of the DLC Guns, Love, and Tentacles. Borderlands Science is a puzzle game that will allow players to support scientific research on the gut microbiome.
A puzzle game to sort DNA sequences
It is in the infirmary of Tannis, on the ship Sanctuary, that you will find the arcade terminal allowing to launch this new game. For the player, the principle is simple: solve the puzzles which will be presented to him on the screen , by simply connecting bricks of different colors and shapes. With each victory, he will receive in-game money which he can spend as he pleases. Marcus’ house, probably.
For researchers, the opportunity is enormous. As Mayim Bialik explains in the introductory video for Borderlands Science, scientists who study the microbes that inhabit our intestines – and which can cause serious illnesses like diabetes, inflammatory disease or some cancer – rely on computer algorithms … which can sometimes be wrong.
Through this in-game mini-game, players can, without special skills or knowledge, participate in correcting the errors of researchers’ algorithms. And therefore advancing research to map the human intestinal microbiome … while earning enough money to afford new legendary weapons!