There was a time when video games had a bad press, accused of making young people violent and perverted or useless for the population. But this medium that we FINALLY recognize as an art is very different and is made by people like you and me who care about the world and the problems that surround it. This is the reason why some of them try useful experiences for humanity, make large donations for causes or simple good works, which we suggest you see immediately through some warm examples in our hearts.
1. The studios that donate millions to Ukraine
This is not the first time that video game studios have made large donations to charity or benefited struggling countries, but this may be the most recent example. Hundreds of independent studios have created a package of almost 800 games that players can get for $ 10, the income of which is completely donated to Ukraine, and as many will tell you that the operation is a real one success because it has 26.5 million done. collected. At the same time the studio behind Fortnite (Epic Games) donated 70 million dollars for the same cause, in addition to another big operation that increased this total to 114 million.
2. Cell Slider: the game that advances cancer research
Developed jointly between cancer researchers and gaming people, Cell Slider was created in 2012 and allows players to sort cell samples between blood, cancer, irregular, or mutated cells. That said, it shouldn’t be too obvious, but people have lent themselves to the game and processed almost 1.6 million samples in just three months after the launch of the game, which can reach ten- the most powerful computers of the Foundation for eight. months, to save researchers valuable processing time. This is called success.
3. Stall Catchers: the game that advances Alzheimer’s research
In the same idea as Cell Slider The game Stall Catchers allowing players to process information (in this case brain scan images) to find signs of Alzheimer’s disease. The project still makes it possible to process 50 times more information than scientists can do at the same time, which, if we simplify the matter a little, gives them time to concentrate on more complex areas of research. . Thanks gamers.
4. “Runes & Stones”: the game that advances chemotherapy research
The studio in the back Cell Slider created a second game that looks like a kind of Candy Crush and who is called Stones and Runes. The goal is to destroy rocks to collect runes (gems) of different colors, at least that’s what the player thinks he’s doing. But in the back kitchen the player’s decisions are analyzed and taught by an algorithm, and this represents the processing of chemical compounds that may or may not be effective in chemotherapy research. In summary you are having fun but at the same time you are training an algorithm to process more important data.
5. The video game was developed to detect glaucoma
This is the original idea of a group of Japanese researchers who focused on creating a mobile game that can detect glaucoma (the second cause of blindness in France). Presented as a shooting game in four levels, the player’s scores and reactions are evaluated by more than 16 criteria and it gives a note between 1 to 5 to the player when he finishes in his game: if the player gets 4 or 5 he is advised to consult a doctor. Playing to monitor your health you admit it is still a good idea.
6. Fortnite Blue Angel
No need to introduce yourself Fortnite, this game is adored by the youngest. During the period of imprisonment, child abuse increased significantly and the youngest had a lot of problems contacting the outside world to inform them. This is where the association “l’enfant bleu” enters the scene of Fortnite by using an avatar that represents a blue angel where young players can come and trust. The secret operation was immediately announced by many streamers and players followed by many young viewers. Available 24 hours a day every day, the blue angel used to be a “safe” way to report abuse and thanks to the joint work between the association and the streamers it was a success.
7. “Glyph”: the game that studies the alphabets around the world
And why not research writing? This is the project of the studio that created Glyph, another “citizen science” game, it can be understood as a game that studies the responses of the players like the many examples mentioned above. By asking players to classify symbols from all the world’s alphabets by shape or logic (rounded together, vertically together…) the game allows researchers to understand how the development of alphabet and how our brain reacts to letters. It is sharp.
8. Sony planting a forest for the release of the game “Horizon Forbidden West”
Sony’s ‘Play and Plant’ initiative involves planting a tree every time a player earns a particular trophy from the game Horizon Forbidden West (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 like France are targeted to plant one tree for each trophy (every 5 players in France), a great initiative especially since it does not require even any financial participation from players other than playing. the game and sharing evidence of Twitter.
9. “Ghost of Tsushima” Developers Named Japanese Island Ambassadors
By developing a game that tells the life of the inhabitants of Tsushima during the Mongol invasions (a true story) the developers of Spirit of Tsushima probably did not expect to get such a distinction. If the scenario is too quickly released from historical reality and the map of the game is very different from the original island, its mayor appreciates that his story is told all over the world thanks to the game. The two directors were decorated and named Tsushima tourism ambassadors (and all the teams invited to the island) and a tourist route project around the game was created. Revitalizing the tourist economy of an island and communicating its history to the whole world is not something we do every day.
10. Eco-responsible games
It’s hard to deny it: the video game industry pollutes a lot, whether it’s the production of consoles or energy resources for streaming. Many games have made donations, operations to raise awareness or adapted their development methods in the face of these problems, but others have made this topic their scenario: Bee Simulator, Little Mouse Encyclopedia or End: Extinction 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 makes many people cry and yet informs people of the facts of forest destruction or pollution in the animal world.