Whether improving health, fundraising for charity or solving previouslyunsolvable problems, games are encouraging personal and social good.One pertinent example of this trend that continues to come up in our
research is ‘
Gamers Assist In Cracking The Aids Puzzle Fold.it is a web-based platform for collaborating on scientific researchthat allows gamers to compete against one another to design newproteins which could be used to help prevent or treat diseases like
HIV/AIDS, Alzheimer’s and Cancer. Developed by researchers a
t theUS based University Of Washington, the platform asks online players tobuild 3D models of protein molecules online to earn points and statusbased off their problem solving abilities. Researchers recently took advantage of the platform by inviting gamers to compete in configuringthe structure of a retrovirus enzyme related to HIV/AIDS.