Does the same strategy always work? What happens if everyone else is using the same strategy as you are? Many different things can affect the strategies we use, and one of the most powerful things is experience. See how your experiences affect the strategies you use in Inglorious Baskers.

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In the menu:
Press the Student ID Button player button & enter: A Nickname
Press the Class Code Button class code button & enter: SXSW

Inglorious Baskers explores the biological concept of “Life History Trade-Offs”.

Players must survive for as long as possible on Basker Island, where there’s a lot of competition for limited food and basking spots, and deadly hawks circle the skies above!

Let’s take a look at some data:


Is basking linked to specific causes of death?

Basking restores temperature and health but requires the player to sit motionless in the sun rays, leaving them open to attacks from hawks and other lizards.

Here we group players by cause of death, and show that some causes of death are linked to a high basking rate (the fraction of your total lifetime spent basking) while other causes of death are linked to a low basking rate.

How does the amount of food you collect affect your chance of survival?

Venturing out to gather food can be treacherous, crossing through the ice cold water lowers your temperature, and you’ll likely cross paths with deadly hawks and rival lizards.

Were any lizards able to live a long life with minimal food, or is it simply a matter of “Survival of the Fullest”?

What is the leading cause of death on Basker Island?

There’s a lot of dangers to contend with, which one is the most deadly? The graph below groups deaths by seconds survived, short (< 30 ), medium (30 – 60), and long (> 60). Do threats change as the lizards get older?

Armed with this knowledge will you start your next playthrough with a different strategy?