We are proud to announce the four finalists in the Games for Change Climate Challenge, an initiative presented by the PoLAR Partnership, Autodesk, and Games for Change that aims to inspire people through digital games to tackle the problem of climate change at the local, regional, and global level.
A panel of judges selected the finalists to present their prototype live on stage at the Games for Change Festival in New York City on June 24. The winner will receive a $10,000 prize to support further development of their game.
Earlier this year, the Climate Challenge asked game designers, educators, students, and scientists of all experience levels to submit a working prototype of a digital game focusing on scientifically-grounded climate solutions, such as preventing carbon emissions, preparing for impacts, and/or promoting public awareness and understanding. More than 50 submissions were received from around the world, ranging a wide variety of climate topics and design approaches.
Block’hood is a neighborhood simulator with emphasis on ecology and entropy. By simulating the carbon and energy contributions of each part of a city, the game raises awareness and allows players to find solutions for climate change. It is also nominated in the 2016 Games for Change Awards for Best Gameplay.
Eco (Strange Loop Games)
Build a civilization with other players in this virtual world where everything you do affects the ecosystem. Eco is focused on creating the real social systems, policies, and scientific understanding needed to effectively address climate change.
Carbon Runner (Pew Pew Studios)
Carbon Runner is a game about making environmentally conscious decisions. Control the Green Ninja as he has to choose to collect or destroy items, which are good or bad for the environment.
Urban Climate Architect (CliSAP/CEN Outreach, Ute Kreis, CEN Center for Earth System Research and Sustainability, Universität Hamburg)
This drag-and-drop city-building game helps players understand how we can get our cities ready to deal with climate change and its consequences. It focuses on which elements of the urban environment are important for the climate and how to reduce the effects of global climate change in cities. Play the prototype here.
The Games for Change Climate Challenge is sponsored by the Autodesk Foundation, Dell, Intel, NVIDIA, and the Columbia Climate Center, with support from the National Science Foundation.