For all the useless gamification talk, here are two fun games that promote science and help researchers.
The first game is EteRNA. It’s a puzzle game, where you create RNA shape. The role of RNA isn’t fully understood yet, and the computers doing the folding aren’t as creative as humans, so this game lets you help. Gameplay wise, it’s a bit on the simplistic side, at least in the beginning, but it seems like it picks up after the early levels.
The other game is Phylo. You compare genetic code, by aligning genetic code together. The game reminds me of Lumines. Basically you need to find patterns and match them.
I think they should give those games to kids in schools, and teach science this way. Maybe one day, a hardcore gamer will help beat AIDS :)