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Playing Borderlands 3 can help researchers with actual research

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Have you ever felt guilty of playing video games while the world is crumbling around you? Well, you’re lucky, too Borderlands 3 now contains a special mini-game that lets you contribute to scientific research in the real world while earning rewards in the game.

Borderlands Science is in the Sanctuary III hospital, the spaceship that acts as the game’s hub area after downloading the latest Borderlands 3 update. When you first activated the arcade cabinet, you see a brief introduction by the neuroscientist (and Big Bang theory actor) Mayim Bialik about the potential real benefits of the mini-game.

It may look like a regular puzzle game, Borderlands Science actually contributes to scientific research. Simply filling levels in the mini-game will help correct millions of small computer errors that occur when researchers try to map the microbiome in the human gut. This will lead to a better understanding of the human body, which in turn favors research on conditions such as obesity, diabetes and even depression.

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Not interested in helping humanity? Borderlands Science have something for you too. By completing levels you will get new heads and skins for your hunters, as well as special coins that can buy buffers with limited time such as increased experience, better slush drops, increased damage and more.

It is unclear if this will be a permanent fixture in Borderlands 3 move forward, or if the mini-game has a shelf life. You can find more information about the research Borderlands Science was developed to support by visiting Micro Marietta Initiative.

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