Video games have come a long way from the days of idly twiddling a joystick in an attempt to sneak some white pixels past a slowly moving line. These days, video games allow players to build economies and cities, pit one civilization against another, and manage intense simulations that rivel the best scientific models in terms of complexity.
The increasingly full-body experience of the modern video game has transcended entertainment: The games are powerful tools for teaching, learing, and communicating.
And, as games have evolved, so have the goals. Beating a boss, vanquishing your enemy, or saving the princess are no long the sole objectives. Construction has proven to be just as appealing as destruction, preserving virtual lives just as much motivation as taking them.
Now, thanks to some eco-minded game makers, video games offer the opportunity to save the earth from real-world threats. Today, Planet 100, counts down the top five eco video games.
5. Fate of the World
Fate of the World is a new computer game that let’s you save the planet from the clutches of climate change from the comfort of your armchair.
The global strategy 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 with the needs of an expanding world population, who demand more food, power, and living space.
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CityOne is IBM’s answer to SimCity only the problems are scarily real—ranging among energy, water, banking, and retail.
CityOne is perfect for wannabe city planners. The game gives you total control of your city—you can plan exactly how it’s set up from the structures to the water management to the banking industry. IBM challenges players to make our planet smarter.
Would you like to fly through meadows as a gust of wind carrying petals? PS3’s FlOwer is number three in our Top 5 Green Interactive Games.
While using a gaming console and television to drift over virtual hills and into valleys doesn’t do any good for planet earth, we have to admit that the beauty of the game does something for the soul – which could lead to someone doing something for the earth.
2. Plan It Green
Players can become the Mayor of Greenville in the National Geographic game that gives players the opportunity to create a green city.
Plan It Green challenges players to help restore Greenville to its former glory and beauty. Build eco-homes, apply green upgrades, and bring clean jobs and industry to your new hometown to create a green future by changing the ways of the past.
In at number one, it’s the computer game that started it all…SimCity. The city building simulation game was first released in 1989.
The “SimCity” series puts players in control of an urban grid with a growing population, requiring them to balance development, environmental issues and bottom-line economics with the odd natural disaster thrown in. Not surprisingly, the game spawned numerous copycats.
It’s no coincidence that energy and water are major features in most of these eco video games. Water and energy are two critical issues facing the global community.
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