SciComm Video Games | Episode 1 | Horizon Zero Dawn

SciComm Video Games | Episode 1 | Horizon Zero Dawn

When studying the life sciences, there are a lot of in-depth concepts to take in. Depending on the the type of science you are studying, biology vs. evolution, for example, you may even have to learn a handful of mathematical formulas to fully appreciate the material. Here, we are just having a light-hearted overview of the life sciences, so a light serving of sativa will do just fine.

In my experience, sativa helps me to not get lost in wordy texts (reading that is not broken up by graphics/tables or formulas) and keep my mind sharp and able to take in all relevant information. Grinding about 60mg (less than 1/4 of a 1g bud) of sativa and smoking just a small pinch of that for over a 3-5hr period is perfect for maintaining a healthy attention span for learning.

Black Flower Science Co. does not claim to be a medical professional and does not offer recommendations as a substitute for medical advice. All advice and recommendations are based on personal experience of the benefits of medical marijuana. If you are experiencing severe or declining mental health symptoms, please seek the advice of a medical professional.

Ever wondered about the science behind your favorite video game characters or animals?

Wonder no more!

This brand new series, SciComm Video Games, addresses the biology, evolution, and ecology of both real and fantasy wildlife in the most popular video games out now.

“Tell me about the Derangement again?” Alloy asks.

According to Erand, 15-20 years prior to the Proving (and therefore the attack on the Braves and the entire village), the Machines were not nearly as aggressive toward humans. “When a hunter came at them,” Erand explained, “they’d spook and run.”

Now, all types of Machines, from the Watchers to the mighty Sawtooths, display blatant aggression toward humans at the mere sight of a Nora’s hunting gear or scent of their sweat. What caused such a shift in the animals’ behavior?

This type of behavioral shift is known as “habituation.” This is a phenomenon that we see every day in real life.

When animals have been exposed to humans and human civilization over a certain period of time, they begin to acclimate to everything that comes with that.

Whether it be the light pollution of the metropolitan cities and learning to navigate through the night with the blaring street and building lights, or the insane amount of noise coming from loud radios and honking cars, animals adapt to the urban environment that we have forced upon them.

Animals that have not historically been exposed to humankind are referred to as “naive,” since they do not yet have the evolutionary or ecological sense, per se, to avoid humans. This makes them more vulnerable to hunting and is a great risk to their survivorship.

The Machines, on the other hand, are far from naive. You see, the more the Machines were exposed to conflict with humans, the greater and more accurate their awareness of human behavior became.

This knowledge is passed down through cohorts, or generations of the Machines in a single reproductive cycle (don’t tell me if they can reproduce or not, I haven’t finished the game!), so the species grows more capable of defending itself against potential threats (e.g., humans).

A great example of this in the real world is coyotes (and virtually any species of urban wildlife). These animals have become so habituated to human beings that they no longer display fear toward us whatsoever.

Although they still do all they can to avoid human interaction, if it comes to it, they will directly approach humans to obtain resources such as food or defend themselves from apparent threats.

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Now, notice the differences in time that it takes for different Machines to display aggression. Also take note that some are more violent and direct than others in their behavior – for instance, if you were to fire at a herd of Chargers, perhaps one or two would run toward you, whereas the others would run away after a few seconds.

Additionally, the Corrupter’s first instinct was to attack an entire battalion of people and recruit other animals to join, whereas a Watcher will listen intently after being shot at to determine its next move.

This shows that habituation does not always take the form of aggression. At times, it may simply mean that the animal is just less fearful of humankind. Depending on the circumstances, behavior may drastically change.

In the real world and in the world of Horizon Zero Dawn, remain vigilant! Always respect wild animals’ space, and never approach an animal without guidance from a professional, legal permits, and valid justification.

Enjoy Horizon Zero Dawn and discover more about a world with living Machines!


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