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Evolution

Games aren’t just fun – they can also help you boost your brainpower. Professors and students tell us about the cranium-cramming benefits of Darwinian delight Evolution

LEARNING EVOLVED

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Name 20 chemical symbols from the periodic table without looking. Name 20 countries in the European Union. Name all original 151 Pokémon. It’s a relatively safe bet that more of you got the third question than the other two. Don’t worry though, there’s a very good reason for that: the names of the pocket monsters are delivered to you in a more interesting way, whether it be through the hugely popular trading card game or long-running series of video games. Games train you to memorise important information so that you can recall it without even thinking. Winning strategies, card combinations, rules – even history and economics (to an extent). These educational powers aren’t a mystery, and traditional and digital designers have already made great progress into turning them into tools (with varying degrees of success). One great example is Evolution, a twoto four-player board game about natural selection and the constantly changing ecosystem.

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