MIAZMA or the devil's stone: a physics game development project in Atomki

Zsolt Fulop, MTA Atomki, Debrecen, Hungary
Tuesday, May 21, 2:00 PM - Special JINA-CEE Seminar
1400 Biomedical and Physical Sciences Building

Abstract:  MIAZMA or the Devil's Stone was created by award-winning Hungarian game developer Private Moon Studios in the framework of the project Distribution of Atomki's scientific results. Our hero arrives in Debrecen for a long weekend, not suspecting that his planned leisure trip will become an investigation for a missing boy and a most peculiar meteorite. It is for him to discover what the devilish "thunderbolt" hides: a huge diamond, an elixir of immortality or an unknown, destructive substance. MIAZMA features a great story and dozens of puzzles to solve, most of them related to the science of physics. The game, being an edutainment product, offers learning while playing. Controlling the main character, you rely on the virtual help of Atomki's scientists and instruments, and put into action your basic knowledge in physics. The game takes you to real locations with live-action cinematic approach. It lets you explore some of the main attractions in Debrecen and the laboratories of Atomki, getting a glimpse of the work going on in a nuclear research institute.