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Royal Society invites online gamers to vote for their favourite science inspired game

Online gamers and visitors to the Royal Society Summer Science Exhibition are today being invited to? vote?for their favourite science inspired game. Gamers will be able to play and then vote for one of four games developed at a 12 hour Game Jam hosted by the Royal Society in May. The Game Jam saw scientists taking part in this year’s Summer Science Exhibition team up with experienced games development studios to bring the science behind their exhibits to life.

The games can be played online on the? Royal Society Summer Science Exhibition website?or found as free PC downloads via the ?IndieCity?website. They will also be available to play at special games stations throughout the Summer Science Exhibition at the Royal Society.

Players will be encouraged to vote for the game that they think is the most fun, playable and explains the science best. The game with the most votes will receive funding to be developed further - perhaps by adding another level or extra characters or making it available on more devices. Voting closes on Sunday 7 th?July.

The games competing for further funding are:

????????? A Pinch of Salt: an ocean set 3D game which sees players pilot an ocean glider and measuring sea salt and trying to cover as much ground as possible in a limited time, developed by Kanko and the University of East Anglia .

????????? Cell Invaders:? a puzzle-action game exploring the complex life of sugars, developed by Robin Baumgarten, Gorm Lai, Benjamin Donoghue and the University of Manchester.

????????? Out Both Ends:?a biomedical puzzle game about identifying the source of an outbreak of disease, developed by Opposable Games, Force of Habit and the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute.

????????? Quantum Revolution:?an excitement packed space shooter game based on quantum physics, developed by Bossa Studios and Toshiba Research Europe Ltd.

Professor Peter Sadler FRS, chair of the Royal Society Summer Science Exhibition selecting committee, said:

“We’re delighted that our first ever Summer Science Exhibition Game Jam was such a success. It was great to see the enthusiasm with which scientists and developers alike approached the gruelling 12 hour Game Jam. The games that they were able to develop in such a short time are absolutely fantastic. The Summer Science Exhibition is all about communicating the wonders of science to the public in new and exciting ways. I’ve certainly had a wonderful time trying out all of the games and I look forward to seeing which game triumphs in the public vote!”

Unity Technologies, a games development software company, has supported the Royal Society in designing and running the Game Jam, through Unity, the flexible and high-performance development platform used to make creative and intelligent interactive 3D and 2D experiences. The Royal Society is partnering with indie game distribution portal, IndieCity, to share the games produced at the jam.

The vote’s Twitter hashtag is #RSgamejam

Nicola Kane

Senior Press Officer

The Royal Society, London

Tel: 020 7451 2508

Email:? nicola.kane@royalsociety.org

Notes for editors:

1.????? Link to games:? Journalists can access the games at the following link: http://sse.royalsociety.org/2013/games-new. When the vote goes live tomorrow the games can be played at this link:? http://sse.royalsociety.org/2013/games?.

2.????? Screenshots:?Images from the games are available on request.

3.????? General info:? The Royal Society Summer Science Exhibition showcases cutting edge research in science and engineering from across the UK. It is held annually at the Royal Society, the UK’s national academy of science. Follow the Summer Science Exhibition on Twitter at? www.twitter.com/summerscience?using the hashtag #SSE2013 and Facebook at? http://www.facebook.com/summerscience

4.????? Exhibition opening times:? The Exhibition is located in the Royal Society, 6-9 Carlton House Terrace, London, SW1Y 5 AG and takes place from Tuesday 2 July to Sunday 7 July 2013. Open Tue 2 July 10am - 9pm, Wed 3 July, 10am - 5pm, Thu 4 July 10am - 5pm, Fri 5 July 10am - 9pm, Sat 6 July 10am - 9pm, Sun 7 July 10am - 6pm. Note: Last entry is 30 minutes before closing time. The event is? FREE?and open to the public. Further information can be found at:? http://sse.royalsociety.org/2013.

5.????? The? Royal Society?is a self-governing Fellowship of many of the world’s most distinguished scientists drawn from all areas of science, engineering, and medicine. The Society’s fundamental purpose, as it has been since its foundation in 1660, is to recognise, promote, and support excellence in science and to encourage the development and use of science for the benefit of humanity.

The Society’s strategic priorities emphasise its commitment to the highest quality science, to curiosity-driven research, and to the development and use of science for the benefit of society. These priorities are:

1.????? Promoting science and its benefits

2.????? Recognising excellence in science

3.????? Supporting outstanding science

4.????? Providing scientific advice for policy

5.????? Fostering international and global cooperation

6.????? Education and public engagement

For further information on the Royal Society please visit? royalsociety.org. Follow the Royal Society on Twitter at? http://twitter.com/royalsociety?or on Facebook at? http://www.facebook.com/theroyalsociety.

6.????? Unity Technologies? is the creator of Unity, a flexible and high-performance development platform used to make creative and intelligent interactive 3D and 2D experiences. The "author once, deploy everywhere" capability ensures developers can publish to all of the most popular platforms. Unity Technologies boasts a thriving community of 1.8 million developers including large publishers, indie studios, students and hobbyists. To remain at the forefront of innovation, Unity Technologies tirelessly re-invests in its award-winning 3D development tools and its democratization initiatives, such as the Asset Store digital content marketplace and Union game distribution service. Unity Technologies is headquartered in San Francisco and has offices in Canada, China, Colombia, Denmark, Finland, Germany, Japan, Korea, Lithuania, Singapore, Sweden, Ukraine, and the United Kingdom. For more information, visit:? http://unity3d.com .

7.????? IndieCity.com, a division of Blitz Games Studios, is a unique online marketplace committed to celebrating and supporting the indie community at all levels: highlighting the creativity, the passion and the people. The site aims to create one integrated indie community that draws together developers, fans and press to encourage the discovery, promotion and enjoyment of indie content of all shapes and sizes.? indiecity.com

This project is being produced for the Royal Society by? Auroch Digital?( aurochdigital.com) in conjunction with Unity 3D and IndieCity.

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