Interesting. Many of these “game” based areas of research will or are already having effects in biological and ecosystem modelling. Agent based models like Invitro and Atlantis describe how we think the world works but people like Yusuf provide insights into how best to do that. So “gaming” is not just for pownzing virtual orcs but also real science. Go Yusuf!
FoldIt is awesome! It’s awesome to see so much citizen science going on: SETI@home project (http://setiathome.berkeley.edu/), GalaxyZoo (http://www.galaxyzoo.org/) are others I’ve come across. I love that projects such as these mean everybody can be a scientist and contribute to scientific knowledge.