For all you video-game playing ecogeeks out there, your time has finally come! The creators of the popular Sim series have teamed up with BP to add a climate change component to their new game, SimCity Societies, set to release next month.
Players can build their cities with ecofriendly options, such as wind turbines, hydrogen fuel stations, and green buildings. Their decisions will ultimately drive the climate of their city and even imperil it with disasters should their CO2 levels go too high. Pollution also affects the health of the population, and quality of life. Building these green options are more costly than conventional ones, which lends a realistic approach to the game as well.
It's pretty awesome for folks (young folks particularly) to be able to see the effects of actions on a larger scale and in an accelerated timeline. The latest supercomputer climate models won't capture the interest that a video game can on the next generation. Hopefully this Sim will be able to make an impact IRL.