Das Metaverse gewinnt zunehmend an Bedeutung, da es das Potenzial hat verschiedene Branchen zu revolutionieren, darunter Spiele, Unterhaltung und
Handel, aber auch das Bildungswesen zu revolutionieren, indem es neue Wege für Zusammenarbeit, Kreativität und wirtschaftliches Wachstum. Dementsprechend bieten Metaverse-Plattformen wie Roblox ein noch unerforschtes Medium für die Wissenschaftskommunikation. Als Teil des Forschungsprojekts CRC1181 sollen mehrere miteinander verbundene 3D-Minispiele entwickelt werden, die die die Grundlage für eine virtuelle, lehrreiche Welt bilden, in der die Spieler in die faszinierende Welt des Immunsystems eintauchen, um Entzündungsmechanismen zu verstehen
und Wissen über den neuesten Stand der Forschung zu vermitteln. Hierfür wurde ein Proof of Concept benötigt, das im Rahmen des Seminars „Understanding and Designing the Metaverse“ auf Basis der folgenden Challenge erstellt werden sollte:
Design a cooperative gameful simulation in Roblox in which the players take over the role of the immune system of a patient with Systemic Lupus Erythematosus (SLE) in the novel and revolutionary CAR T-cell therapy developed as part of this FAU research project
Datum: Wintersemester 2022/2023
Vorlesung: Understanding and Designing the Metaverse
Team: Rebecca Greiner, Simon Merk, Sylvie Reis, Jonathan Stief, Corinna Wüllner
3D metaverse platforms like Roblox have been popularized in various fields as they facilitate the creation of social and immersive experiences. Especially in the context of science communication, however, they still possess a wealth of untapped potential as they could make complex scientific topics more tangible and easier to grasp. Because this potential has so far hardly been explored, we developed a game that transfers knowledge about the autoimmune disease SLE and the newly developed “CAR T-Cell” treatment for it, to examine how it is perceived by users.
“What is SLE?”
It is a chronic autoimmune disease that can affect various organs and systems in the body. In systemic lupus erythematosus, the immune system mistakenly attacks healthy tissues, leading to inflammation and damage. Symptoms of SLE can vary widely from person to person but may include fatigue, joint pain, skin rashes (often in a butterfly pattern across the cheeks and nose), fever, chest pain, hair loss, mouth ulcers, and sensitivity to sunlight. SLE can also affect internal organs such as the kidneys, heart, lungs, and brain, leading to complications in some cases.The novel CAR T-Cell therapy however allows these patients to properly treated for the first time.
During the project a prototype was developed in ROBLOX, that immerses player into the body of a patient, to fight off corrupted B-Cells which reap havoc in the body, causing severe inflammations, that cause the severe impairments for the patients.
For a first evaluation, we conducted user testings in the form of think-aloud protocols and a survey to investigate whether first users enjoy and are immersed into the game and whether they feel they are learning through such an approach. Within the early stage of our research, it has become apparent that games for immersive metaverse platforms have the potential to convey complex scientific knowledge in a fun and understand-able wayand should be investigated further.
The game can be found and played on Roblox: Here