New York Times writes: "By day, Thomas Near studies the evolution of fish, wading through streams in Kentucky and Mississippi in search of new species. By night, Dr. Near, an assistant professor at Yale, is a heavy-duty gamer, steering tanks or playing football on his computer. This afternoon his two lives have come together.
The game begins with single-cell microbes and follows them through their evolution into intelligent multicellular creatures, like the Tiktaalik.
On his laptop swims a strange fishlike creature, with a jaw that snaps sideways and skin the color of green sea glass. As Dr. Near taps the keyboard, it wiggles and twists its way through a busy virtual ocean. It tries to eat other creatures and turns its quills toward predators that would make it a meal.
The chairman of Dr. Near's department, Richard Prum, watches him play and worries about his reckless lunges."