The Climate Game

November 2, 2010

This new climate change video game strikes me as a ridiculous idea. The game, 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?”

Let’s see. Every game ever made, with the possible exception of SimCity and Leisure Suit Larry is oriented around destroying the hell out of things. What do you suspect the kids will do when they get their hands on this game?

I know what I would’ve done. Saving the world just isn’t much fun. I suppose there probably is something kinda interesting in trying to destroy the world through stupid policy interventions, but it’s gonna take a mighty sophisticated game player to make sense of this thing.

I’ll be curious to see how it sells. I’m not a gamer, so what do I know?

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