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(Newsweek)   Gamers are helping scientists discover exoplanets   ( newsweek.com) divider line
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2017-04-17 11:25:34 AM  
Play Asteroids.
 
2017-04-17 11:51:56 AM  
I have over a hundred earthlike worlds discovered and tagged in Elite: Dangerous, so I'm getting a kick ...
 
2017-04-17 12:18:18 PM  
FTA: There are many viable objects embedded in this sample; you'll have a table of eclipsing batteries and known planets and other information.

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2017-04-17 12:26:17 PM  
How much do EVE players charge for identified planets?  Is there a dynamic market for such a commodity?
 
2017-04-17 12:30:52 PM  
Eve Online is kind of interesting

I hope someday there's a game about it.
 
2017-04-17 12:41:12 PM  
...so, is this why No Man's Sky sucked so badly? That it was, in fact, a stealth distributed human intelligence project designed to get thousands of volunteers to comb the sky for exoplanets?
 
2017-04-17 12:53:50 PM  
There is a walk-through on GameFaqs
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2017-04-17 01:31:24 PM  

skozlaw: Eve Online is kind of interesting

I hope someday there's a game about it.


Somedays I say the same thing about Elite.
 
2017-04-17 02:07:03 PM  
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2017-04-17 02:26:12 PM  
And defending the world against evil alien invaders, it goes without saying.

In an old MAD magazine I read an article from the Seventies showing hopeful parents watching their children play video games and dreaming of the lucrative and illustrious future they would have as professional gamers.

Irony is that many of the children in those gags are now millionaires and thousands of gamers are actually making a good living gaming on behalf of people too lazy or slow to do it themselves. And I am not counting all of the gold farmers and the game testers and coders. These kids are making big money literally playing for an audience, like professional sports figures.

Marx was right. Every historical event repeats itself, first as tragedy, then as comedy. But in reality, it is just as often the other way around:  history begins with fun and games and then is turned to war and commerce. MAD magazine's satire was, and is, as full of the seeds of the future as a pomengranite. Today's joke or cartoon is often tomorrow's fashion or business model.

Take snow-boarding, for example. A few years before a 10-year old allegedly invented the snowboard, MAD magazine did an article on the imaginary sport of snow-surfing. Coincidence? Quite possibly. Ideas are often discovered multiple times before the become feasible or commercially viable at last. And it is very easy to forget the source of an "original" idea. Especially if it is an old MAD magazine or a panel cartoon.
 
2017-04-17 05:10:01 PM  
My wife spends a lot of time hunting exoplanets for Exoplanet Explorers on Zooniverse. No game tie-ins involved.
She gets a kick out of it.
 
2017-04-17 10:43:53 PM  
The Human Protein Atlas already has a crowdsourcing minigame in Eve.  I'm assuming this will be similar in nature.

/Gotta do something on CTAs
 
2017-04-17 11:11:13 PM  
Almost every time I read about one of these crowd source efforts, I go there thinking I could donate some time to help. Then there are all these hoops to jump through before you can do anything. Register an account? Uh, maybe some other time. I'm helping you, remember? It should be easy for me. There should just be one big button "Click Here To Start Helping" and away we go.
 
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