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As unfortunate as it may seem, the spread of COVID-19 seems to have taken almost the entire globe in a shock and epidemic horror. COVID-19 aka Coronavirus has taken thousands of lives and we are not close enough in finding a proper solution. Now, what does that have to do with Video Games. Well hold your horses, if you want to help, then certainly you can contribute towards the solution. An innovative and creative system has been devised, coronavirus based Video Games that can help in designing a solution towards its biological combination.

Initially, this concept was developed back in 2008 by the University of Washington, under the name of, Foldit, a free puzzle game. In the game, players are to fold the structures of the proteins with an aim to fold them as perfectly as possible.


While that seems to be pretty basic, there are millions of possibilities that come into play and that is why players playing this game around the globe can help eradicate all possibilities that might not work. This is a pretty smart way to share the research workload and explore possibilities.

So interesting as it may seem, a recent update by Foldit, players have been introduced with a new concept to combat coronavirus. Now the requirement that can help fit this epidemic, is that an antiviral protein has to be designed that can block the coronavirus spike protein from connecting and interacting with human cells. Similar to Foldit, Coronavirus Video Games can also do the same. This virus displays a spike protein on its surface, which apparently binds itself very tightly to a receptor protein of human cells and that is why it then further replicates.

As the Foldit game details about the working of this update in the game,

“Once the coronavirus spike binds to the human receptor, the virus can infect the human cell and replicate. In recent weeks, researchers have determined the structure of the 2019 coronavirus spike protein and how it binds to human receptors. If we can design a protein that binds to this coronavirus spike protein, it could be used to block the interaction with human cells and halt infection!”

Moreover, players seem to have already got stuck in the game, while high scores are already set, there is still a long way to go. A player known as “toshiue” and a group called “Go Science” are in the lead. Since there is a lot of hype from the fans adding load to the game servers, unfortunately, they seem to be a little shaky but according to Foldit, they will make sure that the servers are up and running as soon as possible.

So if you won’t give a try then you surely can by visiting the Foldit portal after the technical server issues have been resolved.

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Ivan Bhan

I have a lot of love for Movies especially science fiction however nothing beats the fun of sitting behind a screen and playing some hard core FPS games. Apart from them i am a major lover of Assassins Creed titles especially Brotherhood, The Witcher and God Of War. Huge fan of animation director Hayo Mayazaki.