Go Extinct! game launched
On 29 April 2018, Royal Society member Ariel Marcy launched her free science game design platform, DIY Go Extinct! at the State Library in Brisbane. Over 35 youngsters, parents, teachers, and scientists came and created one-of-a-kind Go Extinct! games featuring evolutionary trees of Australian marsupials, megafauna, flowers, dinosaurs, venomous snakes, and citizens of the Great Barrier Reef! (available now at www.steamgalaxy.com/design-your-own-game/). The venomous snake tree was by far the most popular — perfect because world-renowned venomologist A/Prof. Bryan Fry stunned the room with his tales of adventure pursing the deadliest creatures in the world. Everyone left with a durable copy of their custom game and the platform continues to be live for families, game enthusiasts and classrooms alike to use worldwide. The free platform and the event were supported by grants from the Advance Queensland initiative and from the U.S. Embassy. (See also Ariel Marcy’s entry on the Projects, Products and Skills page).