An applied game in virtual reality for scientific dissemination
A game to understand oxidative stress
Oxistress is a narrative game to make known to a non-specialized audience the biological process of oxidative stress and the role of free radicals, antioxidants, and fatty acids in accelerating or limiting it. Through interaction, players learn the effects of eating habits on the system, particularly on the quality of the seminal fluid and, more generally, on reproductive health.
In Oxistress, the player helps a group of astronauts, transiting through a “hyper-consequential field” to make optimal food choices to keep their fertility high and the successful expectations of the colonization mission.
The science-fiction setting provides a narrative stratagem to isolate the system you want to explain and maximize the agency, creating a sensible context for the association of individual game choices (what to eat) with immediate macroscopic consequences (effect on the fertility of the crew).
In addition to giving guidance on food choices, the player can guide a microscopic spacecraft inside the seminiferous tubules, observe behaviour and interact with the molecules that have been introduced as a result of its indications.
Oxistress is a game developed with the direct participation of the teacher Giulia Collodel, of the Department of Molecular Medicine and Development, within the laboratory of research LabVR Unisi.
The project has been published in Oxidative Medicine and Cellular Longevity and is currently undergoing experimental validation.