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Medical nanotechnology game now in Beta

A medically-oriented nanotechnology game is now available in Beta form, presumably for the PC. NanoMission is aimed at 12-to-18-year-olds:

Our aim is to inspire some of the brightest teenagers about the world of nanotechnology, potentially opening their eyes to choosing it as a career.

You can see videos here. The action of the game appears to involve conflict between good nanomachines and bad ones:

Players are challenged in imaginative environments that promote learning about the operation of nanoelectronics, building and functionalizing molecules, nanoscale imaging, bottom up self assembly, and nanomedicine.

The game’s plot is to save the world from destruction by Dr.Nevil and his army of nano-machines and nano-materials, whilst the player stealthily learns about real world nanotechnology. The game hero (player) supported by Dr. Goodlove and his assistants use nano-imaging, create nano-machines, develop nano-materials, and utilise an extraordinary shrinking machine to shrink the player to the nanoscale to stop Dr. Nevil and save the world.

A strong nanobio focus is seen in the description, with one of the learning objectives being “Dispelling the myth of small mechanical robots in the body.” The statement appears that “However, many of the proposed devices would not actually work on this scale as chemical forces, viscosity and Brownian motion are the dominant forces in the nanoworld, rather than friction and gravity which we all are more accustomed to in our daily lives.” Evidently the writer of this text believes that because “many” of some unclear set of proposed devices will not work, it makes sense to teach students that the goal itself is impossible. Tsk, tsk: sloppy thinking here. Fortunately, these kids will live long enough to see for themselves what actually happens in this area.

However, the game itself might be very good. Perhaps one of our readers could give it a test ride. (Credit: Nanowerk) —Christine

2 Responses to “Medical nanotechnology game now in Beta”

  1. Darcy Says:

    I tried the beta version. Now, I must preface my comments by saying that I am not a gamer, and in fact I am probably not that good at most ‘gamer-type’ games (as opposed to puzzle and logic games, which I am good at). I found this game very hard to play. Despite having one of the newest laptops out there, with great specs, the game could not manage to match dialogue and images. Furthermore, the steering seemed inept, as when I pressed the forward key my camera view turned sideways and I could not get it to go straight again. Also, you have to keep away from red blood cells but I found I kept getting hit even when I thought I was out of range. All in all, I found it very frustrating and, in its current state of development, useless. The idea is good and I would love to see this game improved and put back out there. In the meantime….

  2. Alicia Howard Says:

    Hi,

    I think that the article “Medical nanotechnology game now in Beta” is fantastic. This is the type of innovations which others in the industry should hear about.

    Virtus International is sponsoring the 2008 Medical Device Conference in Tampa, FL from June 22-24.

    If you are interested in learning more, please see our site at http://www.virtusinternational.com or alternative contact me personally, Alicia at AlicaH (at) virtusinternational (dot) com.

    Looking forward to hearing from you.

    Alicia Howard
    VP Communications
    Virtus International

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