The year is 2015, the world is overrun by computers and electronic devices everywhere. Ones and Zeros control the world, but behind every screen there is a person, and although computers can do calculations and process information some people remember that no number of computers can work quite as well as a person willing to help a cause. Not a single computer will work willingly without eating up voltage or racking fees, but a person might. Just in the name of science. This was the idea behind Fold It, a crowd-sourced online game created by the Center of Game Science that allows you to contribute information to science just by completing fun puzzles.
The game is all about folding, moving, and adjusting protein to maximize your score. In the beginning of the game you simply need to move the protein in certain ways in order to get the amount needed to complete the level, as you go on playing the tutorial, the game introduces you to several new tools, allowing you to manage, twist, pull, spin, coil and adjust your protein in better ways to help you complete the level. As you go, you can even use some of your own computer’s resources to fix small errors in the protein, maybe giving you a few more points to finish a level. I know what you are saying out there. “All this is fun and good, but what happens when you complete one of these puzzles?”. Well, all of the data that you create when you complete one of the puzzles is used by Scientists out there, there are a few Scientific Publications out there that have used Fold-It’s Data in them, all posted on the Fold-It Information section on the website.
In conclusion: I loved working on Fold-It, it is very fun, allowing you to complete varied levels of crazy Protein strips, go for higher scores, and even compare your own scores to other people who are also playing. As a game, it is very well designed, the tutorial is very good for explaining how to use all of the tools given to you, and it is very rewarding every step of the way. The game is also very streamlined and keeps personal privacy and confidentiality very important. All in all I personally love puzzle games, and being able to be happy about personal success for finishing a level and also being able to help scientists at the same time is a fantastic feeling.