Gamers Solve AIDS Mystery, Too Bad This Article Doesn’t Care!

This post is in reference to this article, discussing how a few gamers “have deciphered the structure of an enzyme of an AIDS-like virus that had thwarted scientists for a decade”.

Here is my issue with this article: it has nothing to do with the implications this could have on curing AIDS.

Oh, sure, it’s mentioned, but what this is really about is how shocking it is to these people that someone who plays video games actually contributed something positive to society. Just reading it makes me cringe.

This article paints gamers as some sort of dysfunctional pariah of humanity, specifically pointing out that this “is believed to be the first time that gamers have resolved a long-standing scientific problem”. Yes, because god knows no scientist in history has ever played a video game.

This article should have been about how this could change the way we deal with AIDS in the future, not about gamers. Maybe this is where my anger really lies, but this was my gut reaction when I read it.

Let me know your thoughts.


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