Games and Biochemistry Blog

Join Melanie for game improv at MAGfest!

Hello everyone, and welcome to 2017! We hope that you had an awesome New Year’s Eve and that you’re ready to take the new year by storm!

As you may or may not know, this coming weekend in DC is MAGFest: the place to be for video games,

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Posted in Game Design and Development, General


A New Intern Approaches!

Hello! My name is Brittany Williams (call me Bri), and I am the new social media intern for Molecular Jig Games and Immune Defense. My goal is to make sure all the people who are interested in and support the work the company is doing get weekly information as the talented devs push forward to the finish line.

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Dear Fans

We have been quietly working on Immune Defense. We have a functional Android tablet version. It is not optimized for performance and the tutorial and GUI are only a rough draft…   but our giant blob of prototyped and re-prototyped spaghetti is finally running nicely on Android tablets!

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Posted in Development Blog


Game Design Method

I was asked to talk at GGJ 2016 at American University’s Game Lab. I suddenly had to figure out what my years of experience had given me that I could share. I panicked for a week. Then I remembered a few things and realized that I actually have a systemic approach to game design.

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Posted in Game Design and Development


iGamer a global science game competition!

Local game developers make it big in Paris, France!

OK, well, “Local” in this case of means local to our side of the Earth, sort of an new world VS. old world battle: But we won!

OK let me explain, iGam4er is a hot hot game competition hosted each year since 2013 by the CRI in Paris,

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Posted in Game Design and Development


What’s Taking So Long?

This question rattles around in my head every 30 seconds.  Every other 30 seconds is the other question: How will I get all of this work done?  The answer: focus.  Focus the design doc into a short sweet plan, and focus my minutes to make what is on the plan.

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Posted in Development Blog


Daily Daily Daily

So I promised to post daily, so here it is. I am working on the storyboard for our simpler and more engaging tablet game.  We think that starting the player with only 1 kind of receptor and one cell will help the player build understanding and therefore confidence with this new kind of game object.

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Posted in Development Blog


Simplify simplify simplify

Dev blog Nov 24
I bought a used MotoX 2nd gen phone, got better service and loaded up WordPress. Now I can make good on my promises to keep our supporters up to date with our development.

We have a game mechanic that lets you control some significant and meaningful aspects of cells…

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Melanie Spoke at the Marian Koshland Museum of Science

See Melanie’s Talk on the Koshland Museum of Science website.

Get my slides here!

And you can watch me here:

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Posted in Education and Evaluation, Game Design and Development, Newsletter


User Interface notes

Our goal: Get the average 12 through 50 year old to play with molecular cell biology and biochemistry.

Plan: Create a commercially successful game that requires the player to use proteins for their correct functions in order to win.

Problem: What is molecular cell biology and biochemistry?

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