Knowledge games come in all shapes and sizes. In general, these types of games help to produce new knowledge by enabling crowdsourcing, data analysis, and/or problem solving through a game. The classic example is Foldit, made by scientists and designers at the University of Washington. In this game, players try to figure out how proteins are structured and folded by manipulating virtual animations of proteins.
Other games help players contribute cancer data analysis (Play to Cure: Genes in Space; Reverse the Odds), or are focused on learning about bullying (SchoolLife) or peace (The SUDAN Game). Here are five knowledge games to check out.
1. Play to Cure: Players analyze breast cancer data through a mobile space game.
2. Who's the Most Famous: Players share their perspectives as to who the most famous person is with a given first name.
3. Phylo: Players match up or align sequences of RNA to help trace genetic diseases.
4. Fraxinus: Players check sequenced genomes of Chalara fungus and ash dieback disease in a Facebook puzzle game.
5. Monster Proof: Players verify software code for DARPA. This includes other verification games, too.