Gamers help to unlock an HIV mystery

Discussion in 'User Submitted News' started by Vulpes Abnocto, Sep 19, 2011.

  1. Vulpes Abnocto
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    Vulpes Abnocto Drinks, Knows Things

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    The next time you're berated by your parents for gaming rather than doing something constructive, look them straight in the eye and say:
    "I'm doing it for SCIENCE!"


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  2. Veho

    Veho The man who cried "Ni".

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    That's amazing. Really amazing.
     
  3. Danny600kill

    Danny600kill xD

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    Another great thing for Gamers [​IMG] We don't play games for fun you know .......
     
  4. ShadowSoldier

    ShadowSoldier GBAtemp Guru

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    ...yeah, sure, NOW you don't.
     
  5. Forstride

    Forstride The rudder moves when I turn the wheel

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    Games might not be completely useless, but if you say "Oh, I solely play video games to cure cancer," you're clearly a liar. Games were created for entertainment, and they'll always be entertainment at their core.
     
  6. Densetsu

    Densetsu Pubic Ninja

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    Wouldn't YOU like to know?
    Holy... [​IMG]

    Funny you mention this, I just went over opportunistic infections related to HIV last week!

    Awesome find, Vulpes!
     
  7. nando

    nando GBAtemp Addict

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    so are the gamers gonna get any kickbacks from the sales of such treatments? they do tend to charge an arm and a leg. i'd say since the public was involved in solving this, the treatment should become public realm.
     
  8. MEGAMANTROTSKY

    MEGAMANTROTSKY GBAtemp Fan

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    As if drug companies would allow such progressive and egalitarian sentiment.
     
  9. GeekyGuy

    GeekyGuy Professional loafer

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    Though you're obviously joking, I could see a possible market similar to WoW gold farming for this. Groups of folks "playing" through scenarios or whatnot in a similar attempt to approach these sorts of problems in more productive, stimulating ways. Seems like they've proven more than the value of gamers -- perhaps people are more productive when they're having fun. [​IMG]
     
  10. nando

    nando GBAtemp Addict

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    no i'm not joking. medical pattens are a serious business, if i was the one that predicted the model and said model was used in the development of a drug, i'd want my piece of the pie.
     
  11. DiscostewSM

    DiscostewSM GBAtemp Guru

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    Take that anti-gaming activists!

    I think this is really cool because many people think games rot the brain. Well, maybe some games do, but there are games can help build logic, imagination, etc., even if the gamer is not consciously aware of it, nor are they aware when they actually use them within the games themselves. If I remember correctly, there was an article some time back (sorry that I don't have the link on me)about how surgeons who played video games were able to be more precise in their work as they not only had better hand-eye coordination, but also had more focus.
     
  12. shakirmoledina

    shakirmoledina Legend

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    u need basic knowledge to do something like that.
    this is really good but i dont understand why some other non-typical gamer could not solve this "puzzle".

    rather than making games for science, i would suggest gamers provide help or hints so that the pros can do it.
    games are a great way to learn, we need games that can teach some more advance or long term lessons like language learning or scientific facts.
    jeopardy is good example but u have to have significant amount of knowledge to play it in the first place.
     
  13. Ikki

    Ikki GBATemp's grumpy panda.

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    That's really awesome.
     
  14. GeekyGuy

    GeekyGuy Professional loafer

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    Well, I think perhaps the idea is, like SETI, they don't necessarily know what they're looking for or how to find it. Change the way you look at something -- in this case, using lay people rather than scientists -- and perhaps you gain a certain insight that might otherwise elude you.
     
  15. soulx

    soulx GBAtemp Legend

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    More like this,
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  16. Guild McCommunist

    Guild McCommunist (not on boat)

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    My joke for today:

    Virgins help solve sexually transmitted disease.

    Bah dum tish.
     
  17. Ritsuki

    Ritsuki ORAORAORAORA

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    "- Okay guys, we're stuck... -Let's make a game and ask help to the gamer's community. -That's the worst idea ev-- Wait. *thinks* Brillant. Let's do this." [​IMG]

    Coming Soon : World of Cancer.

    Just kidding. Nice initiative. It's always a good idea to see things with a new, fresh eye.
     
  18. Wizerzak

    Wizerzak Because I'm a potato!

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    Gamer vs. non-gamer - "I think we can put our differences behind us, for science, you monster."
     
  19. BobTheJoeBob

    BobTheJoeBob The most optimistic person on the temp. :)

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    Achievement unlocked - cured HIV.
     
  20. Fishaman P

    Fishaman P Speedrunner

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    Finally, an excuse!
     
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