Computer Gamers Can Save The World From Climate Change – Computer gamers who like a challenge can now take on one of the toughest around: saving the entire planet, this time from climate change.
“Fate of the World” is a game created as a strategy with a social conscience. It sees players try to protect the world’s climate and resources while managing a growing population which demands more power, food, and living space.
It is a scenario-based game where the player runs Earth for 200 years and save it or potentially destroys it. According to the game’s British inventor Gobion Rowlands, “the whole power is in your hands.” The player takes charge as head of the fictional Global Environment Organization (GEO).
They can implement policies such as banning logging in the Amazon rainforest, making all Europe’s public transport run on electricity or slapping a one-child policy on the whole of Asia.
However, this power comes with grave consequences. For example, if the player decides to bring down the birth rate to protect natural resources, the workforce could plunge and people could be forced to work until age 80. As a result, the player sees the impact of their decisions: orangutans are saved from extinction, global temperatures drop by a degree; however, bad moves could see Europe battered by floods, or Africa ravaged by war.
According to the creator of the game, even if they choose to destroy the world, the players will still learn more about the subject. The game was based on scientific, economic and demographic data from sources such as NASA, the United Nations and Oxford University. The game allows people to experience the decisions we are likely to confront and makes clear there are no easy answers.