Fate of the World: The Video Game That Lets You Solve Global Warming Fate of the World: The Video Game That Lets You Solve Global Warming
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Fate of the World: The Video Game That Lets You Solve Global Warming

by Ben Jervey

March 2, 2011

Last fall I wrote about Fate of the World, a new video game in development at the time that asked players to figure out how to avoid the worst fates of climate change and secure a livable future for our planet's citizens.

The company behind the game, Red Redemption (not to be confused with the wildly popular Rockstar game Red Dead Redemption) describes it as such:

Fate of the World is a dramatic global strategy game that puts all our futures in your hands. The game features a dramatic set of scenarios based on the latest science covering the next 200 years. You must manage a balancing act of protecting the Earth's resources and climate versus the needs of an ever-growing world population, who are demanding ever more food, power, and living space. Will you help the whole planet or will you be an agent of destruction?

Last time I wrote about the game, I said I wouldn't be playing it. ("Not because I'm too good or too cool for them or because I think they rot brains and cause diabetes or anything like that. But rather because I know from limited experience as a child obsessively playing Kings Quest, SimCity, and Shadow President that if I were to dip my toes into the waters of Civilization or Spore or any of these other awesome simulation games, I would immediately be threatening my sleep, health, sanity, and relationship.) But now I'm rethinking. When else will have have the chance to have a professional excuse to play video games? I'll have a thorough review if and when I do.

Also, this game seems like an evolution—or at least branch—of simulation gaming "for good," or how video games could actually make the world a better place. Jane McGonigal gave a pretty convincing, if somewhat controversial, TED talk about exactly that last year, which is well worth watching in the context of Fate of the World.

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