A group of physicists at Stanford University have recreated versions of classic video games but this time giving players control over live organisms.
The project is meant to be educational, insists project head Ingmar Riedel-Kruse "Everyone should have sufficient knowledge about the basics of biomedicine and biotechnology. Biotic games could promote that," according to a report in New Scientist.
In Pac-mecium players control paramecium with an electrical current to guide them towards digital dots that represent yeast cells and avoid Pacman-like fish. Another pinball-like game uses a small neddle to to squirt a chemical repellent at approaching organism, a similar technique is used in a version of pong.
While ethical issues may be a concern, it's certainly not Surviving the Game. We can't help but feeling a little bad for the paramecium, just trying to get a bite to eat.
What do you think? Do living games have a future? Is this teaching you anything about biology?