There was a time when video games got a bad press, accused of turning young people violent and perverted or simply useless to the population. But this medium that we FINALLY recognize as an art is extremely varied and made by humans like you and me who care about the world and the problems around it. This is why some of them have experienced useful experiences for humanity, made large donations to causes or simply good deeds, which we suggest you see right away through some examples that warm our hearts.
1. The studios that donated millions to Ukraine
This isn’t the first time video game studios have made large donations to charities or benefiting struggling countries, but it’s probably the most recent example. Hundreds of independent studios had created a pack of almost 800 games that players could get for 10 dollars, whose profits were entirely donated to Ukraine, and I can tell you that the operation was a complete success since 26.5 million have been invested. collected. At the same time, the study behind Fortnite (Epic Games) had donated 70 million dollars for the same cause, in addition to another large operation that had brought this total to 114 million.
2. Cell Slider: The game that advanced cancer research
Developed jointly between cancer researchers and game people, cell slider was made in 2012 and allowed players to classify cell samples between blood cells, cancer cells, irregular cells, or mutated cells. Put like that, it’s not necessarily super clear, but people have lent themselves to the game and processed nearly 1.6 million samples in just three months after the game’s release, which would have been accomplished in ten – the most powerful computer in the Foundation for eight. months, saving investigators valuable processing time. This is called a hit.
3. Stall Catchers: The game that advances Alzheimer’s research
In the same idea as cell slider the game post collectors it allowed players to process information (in this case, images from brain scans) to find traces of Alzheimer’s disease. The project still allowed to process 50 times more information than the scientists could have done at the same time, which, if we simplify things a bit, gives them time to concentrate on the most complex part of the investigation. . Thanks players.
4. “Runes & Stones”: The game that advances chemotherapy research
the studio behind cell slider has developed a second game that looks like a kind of candy crush and who is called rocks and runes. The objective is to destroy stones to assemble runes (gems) of different colors, at least that is what the player thinks he is doing. But in the back kitchen, the player’s decisions are analyzed and taught to an algorithm, representing the processing of chemical compounds that may or may not be effective in chemotherapy research. In short you have fun but at the same time you train an algorithm to process super important data.
5. The video game developed to detect glaucoma
This is the brainchild of a team of Japanese researchers who focused on creating a mobile game that can detect glaucoma (the second leading cause of blindness in France). Presented as a shooting game in four levels, the player’s scores and reactions on more than 16 criteria are analyzed and the player is awarded a score from 1 to 5 once the game is over: if the player gets 4 or 5, he is advised see a doctor. Playing to control your health you will admit that it is still well thought out.
6. Fortnite Blue Angel
no need to file Fortnite, this game adored by the youngest. During the period of confinement, child abuse has increased a lot and the little ones have a hard time getting in touch with the outside world to let them know. This is where the “l’enfant bleu” association entered the scene on Fortnite by using an avatar that represents a blue angel that young players can come and trust. The secret operation was then broadcast quite discreetly by various streamers and gamers followed by many young viewers. Available 24/7, the blue angel was then a “safe” way to report abuse and it was thanks to concerted work between the association and streamers that it was a success.
7. “Glyph”: the game that studies the alphabets of the whole world
And why not investigate writing? It is the project of the study that created glyph, another “citizen science” game, understand by this a game that studies the responses of the players as several examples mentioned above. By asking players to classify the symbols of all the world’s alphabets by shape or logic (rounded together, upright together…) the game allows researchers to understand how alphabets have evolved and how our brains react to letters. is strong
8. Sony who planted a forest for the release of the game “Horizon Forbidden West”
Sony’s ‘Play and Plant’ initiative involved planting a tree every time a player earned a particular in-game trophy. Forbidden Horizon West (a trophy is an immaterial reward obtained during the game, in this case a trophy obtained at the beginning of the adventure). Three forests in the United States, but also in other countries such as France, were selected to replant a tree for each trophy (every 5 players in France), quite a nice initiative, especially since it did not require any financial participation from the players other than playing . the game and share evidence about Twitter.
9. “Ghost of Tsushima” developers appointed ambassadors of the Japanese islands
Developing a game that narrates the life of the inhabitants of Tsushima during the Mongol invasions (an authentic story), the developers of Ghost of Tsushima he probably didn’t expect to get such a distinction. If the scenario is emancipated very quickly from historical reality and the map of the game differs a lot from that of the original island, the mayor of this island was grateful that its history goes around the world thanks to the game. Both directors have been decorated and appointed ambassadors of tourism of Tsushima (and the whole team invited to the island) and a tourist route project has been created around the game. Reviving an island’s tourism economy and making its history known globally is not something we do every day.
10. Eco-responsible games
It’s hard to deny it: the video game industry pollutes enormously, whether it’s its console production or the energy resources for streaming. Several games have made donations, awareness-raising operations or adaptation of their development means in the face of these problems, but some have made it fully the theme of their scenario: bee simulator, Little Mouse Encyclopedia either Endling: Extinction is forever where you play as the world’s newest mother fox trying to save her litter in a universe destroyed by humans. A game that made many people cry and yet made people aware of the realities of deforestation or pollution of the animal world.
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