One Cool Thing: A New Wave Of Eco-Based Video Games

Video gaming experts say that game design is now shifting towards specific environmental issues. Since games are designed by young people, it is not surprising that eco-based storylines like climate change and ocean exploration are coming into vogue.  For example, the BBC Blue Planet II nature documentary inspired a video game called Beyond Blue, in which the protagonist is Mirai, a scientist and ocean explorer trying to discover the secrets of the deep in the Western Pacific.  The purpose behind the game, according to its developer who co-founded E-Line Media, is to inspire players to care about the marine world.  He said, “The more gamers care about the ocean, the more they want to explore the ocean, avocational or as a career…a key step towards ocean preservation.” Getting more young people to play environmental video games like this one is an effective way of raising environmental awareness, according to a  UN report. That would be good because approximately 2.6 billion people around the world play video games regularly.

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