Gamification of real-world problems is quickly growing and Gearbox Software has jumped on the bandwagon in a big way. Borderlands Science will now let you help out real-world scientists by playing a puzzle game. No, really.
Here's how this new game works: DNA is made up of these things called nucleotides. Unfortunately, current computer systems aren't all that great at organizing them correctly, so humans have to get their hands dirty by moving things around. That's where this puzzle game comes in.
Check it out in motion in the Borderlands Science trailer:
Players need to move colored blocks into the right order to correct the data that's been provided to Gearbox Software as part of this collaboration with McGill University, Massively Multiplayer Online Science, and The Microsetta Initiative. You can complete a level by matching up most of the issues, but the hardcore puzzle fanatics will want to get everything just right. You'll certainly need to if you want to hit the high score!
I'm sure more than a few of you out there would play this game simply to help out, but Gearbox knows that some people need a little more motivation. That's why playing this game will also reward you with in-game currency that can be used to purchase boosts for your characters.
How Do You Play Borderlands Science?
So, let's say you're down to play this super-cool puzzle game — how do you go about it?
First, you're going to need Borderlands 3. (This is an in-game thing, so you're not going to be going to a website to play it or something.) Swing on by Sanctuary III and you can find the Borderlands Science arcade game in the corner of Doctor Tannis' infirmary. From there, you can get to playing it!
If you'd like to chip in and figure out some DNA mysteries, you can pick up Borderlands 3 for 50% off at the Epic Games Store at the price of $29.99 or your regional equivalent. And if you still have your $10 holiday coupon from last year's winter sale, you can save even more! Alternatively, you can buy it on Steam instead.
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