Clickable Culture sent along the link to a new MMORPG called "Hippasus" where you apparently have to fight green-armed guys using only an abacus and a TI-36X scientific calculator. That’s right, your worst nightmare: an online game where you have to use your math skills to pwn your opponents.
Seriously, this has the potential of being a pretty cool game. In the limited amount of building and scripting I have done in SL, I have found my pathetic math abilities to be a serious hindrance. If leveling up in Hippasus meant learning a new set of math principles, then maybe this might help a certain kind of player get some knowledge.
My math teacher girlfriend talks about how kids today are so bad at science and math because they think that every problem can be solved by Googling it. However science and math are learned by slow accretion over time of principles from adjacent fields — knowledge of trigonometry is predicated on knowledge of geometry; knowledge of biology requires a basic knowledge of chemistry. I.e. leveling up.