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Elliot loaded her work interface, heartbeat racing. Defeat her Boss on NIGHTMARE mode, and she’d get her bonus. Everything was a game now.

If you’ve every played Minecraft, you’ll be familiar with NIGHTMARE mode, the level beyond difficult. Recently, computer games have been used by scientists to research animal camouflage, personalise therapy, and to reconstruct the architecture of brain cells. One researcher suggested that the knowledge generated by game culture could be used to improve individualised optimisation of workplace performance. While this is possible, the consequences of this knowledge could be quite bizarre. //Alex Massey//

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