Calling Northwest Game Devs!

At Earthgames, we’re always asking the question: Can games change the world?  And we’re inviting you to help us find the answer!

Solving environmental problems and playing games may not seem compatible, but perhaps they can be.  To find out, we’re planning a fun and inspiring evening called EarthGames “On Tap” at ImpactHub Seattle on Thursday, May 18 from 6 – 9PM. This event will bring together both UW researchers and local video game developers to spark collaborations on new games for change – specifically, video games that are good for people and the planet.

This creative and highly collaborative event is a first of its kind in Puget Sound and will leverage the interdisciplinary connections of the College of the Environment. It will consist of talks by devs and researchers working toward environmental, educational, and social change.   We are also inviting devs from the region to submit games for consideration to be showcased at the  event!   All showcased games will be evaluated by a panel of expert judges who will be awarding valuable prizes.      

We are currently curating a selection of 8-10 games who take inspiration from environmental themes or whose aim is to expand audience awareness for environmental issues.   If interested, please email earthgamesuw@gmail.com with links to your game description, a trailer or play through video, and short bio about your studio and yourself.  

Submission deadline is April 1st, 2017.

Announcing EcoTrivia: Save the Animals!

Free downloads now available for MacPCiPhone/iPad and Android!

We’re proud to announce our newest game, EcoTrivia: Save the Animals!  In this game you are led by animal ambassadors through four different ecosystems: a toucan in the rainforest, a polar bear in the Arctic, a clownfish in a coral reef, and a pika in the mountains.  In each area you have to answer trivia questions to protect the animals from climate change and habitat destruction.

EcoTrivia: Save the Animals! was made by Rashmi Sharma, Rittwika Rudra, and Courtney Harris for their Information School MSIM capstone project, in collaboration with Dargan Frierson.  Erica Escajeda provided questions for the polar bear section, and many members of EarthGamesUW helped with testing.

The game has already won a best design award from the UW Information School! EcoTrivia: Save the Animals! is freely available for MacPC, iOS and Android!

 

 

Teacher’s Guide for Climate Quest

Interested in using our game in an educational setting?  Check out our new Teacher’s Guide for Climate Quest!

The game was designed specifically for a classroom or a museum setting, and is chock-full of interesting scientific content.  It focus on impacts of climate change on the US, and strategies that can be used to deal with the consequences.

It takes only 10 minutes to play through the game.  The teacher’s guide includes both pre- and post-play activities, and a set of detailed scientific sources about each individual event, in case you’d like to learn more.

The teacher’s guide can be downloaded here: ClimateQuest-TeachersGuide.

Climate Game Jam @ UW, Apr 22-24

I’m pleased to announce that UW will be hosting a site for the upcoming Climate Game Jam, sponsored by the White House, the Smithsonian, and NOAA. Students at the undergraduate and graduate level are welcome to participate.

During the game jam, teams will work intensely over a 48 hour period to rapidly prototype games about climate change and water.  More information is available here:
http://climategamejam.org

We hosted a site for a similar event with the same sponsors last October, and UW teams placed 1st and 3rd in the nation!  As part of the prize, students were able to show their games at the Museum of Natural History in Washington, DC.

We’ll start at 5 PM on Friday April 22 and end at 5 PM on Sunday April 24.  Our site will be open the entire 48 hour period, but there’s certainly no obligation to work long hours (we were the only site in the country open all 48 hours last time).

No prior knowledge of game design or climate science is necessary.  We will have experts in each of those areas available at the site.  Any student is welcome to participate (including graduate students).

For more information or to register, send an email to EarthGamesUW@gmail.com.

ClimateQuest Free Downloads Available!

Climate disasters are causing chaos all around the US, and only you can save the day in ClimateQuest (first place winning game)! Guide your 4 heroes to respond to disruptions across the country. Download ClimateQuest for Mac and PC.

Link for more info about ClimateQuest: https://earthgames.org/games/climatequest/

We’d love to hear from you if you download our game!  Write us with comments, suggestions or to join our mailing list at EarthGamesUW@gmail.com.