cellcraftapus

These delightful images are from a game called CellCraft, which can be played for free here: http://www.kongregate.com/games/cellcraft/cellcraft.

The premise is that a meteor is going to blast into the planet where these platypus scientists live, and they need to figure out a way to escape.

Apparently, the game is a subversive effort by creationists to poison the minds of impressionable young children, but I think the complaints are missing a few key points:

  • The game is actually kinda fun. Dragging a little cell around by its cell wall is surprisingly satsifying.
  • You actually learn (or are reminded of) the basic building blocks of cells. I bet it’s been a while since you’ve thought of 10th grade biology class with crazy Mr. Allen who often made odd remarks about whiskey sours, hasn’t it?
  • Most importantly, the protagonists are platypus! And a robot named Jeeves!

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          So who cares. As long as you remind yourself that creationists are idiots, why not just enjoy a little science game featuring the best animals ever created.
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          Happy Platypus Friday! Wanna play me?
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          Oh, by the way, the next image is perhaps one of the most bitingly satirical commentaries on what most of America thinks about scientists. If part of your job involves writing grants, keep this image in your mind the next time you&#8217;re out in real America and think you should complain about your working conditions. Imagine what it must be like to actually work for a living.
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          <img src="http://192.241.194.143/alex/wp-content/uploads/2010/07/grant-money.png" alt="" width="642" height="366" />
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