In recent news, NASA reportedly created a video game where players can help contribute to environmental research while letting them learn more about our endangered corals.
NASA Creates Coral Video Game
Traditionally, video games have always been used for entertainment, providing its players with a means to have fun and letting the time pass by. However, as new technology quickly evolved, video games started becoming more than just a game. These days, it’s very easy to find video games that focus on cinematic set-pieces, storytelling and, of course, education. And it’s this aspect that NASA focused on when the American space agency decided to create a video game called NeMO-Net, which is a new app that focuses on the conservation of coral reefs disguised as a fun video game.
Per the game’s website, NeMO-Net allows its players to identify different types of algae, seagrass and corals. In order to fully educate, the graphics of the game are also taken from actual footage and 3D models created by NASA researchers. As such, playing the game would let the players learn to identify these different aquatic organisms while training the supercomputer of NASA to help map the corals independently. This is because game responses made by players would contribute in creating a comprehensive map of our world’s coral ecosystems, all while further bettering our strategies in making sure these coral reefs are safe from getting destroyed.
Previously, the U.S. Department of Education stated that video games can be actually used as learning tools since the technology used to make it can help create games that are aimed to educate people. As such, NASA’s use of the medium is a welcome step for video games and the growing industry behind it, which is among one of the world’s biggest.
According to some, projects like this game can easily represent the huge potential of video games and how it can go from a simple pastime into a fully-fleshed out medium that can help educate people about important issues other mediums might find hard to get across several age groups.