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Monday, July 16, 2007
Midori Releases New Environmental Game, Global Warning
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | 1 comment

Independent game and software developer, Midori, recently announced the release of a new environmental game called, Global Warning, made for Mac OS X and Windows. Global Warning is a turn based card game which tasks players with choosing strategic, earth-friendly behavior "cards" to prevent a landfill from being located near their home. The new release was created with the Phelios game engine, PTK.

With the game Midori hopes to spread the awareness of global warming and the ill effects of man-made pollution and industrialization. The game offers every day advice and tips about how players can act in real life to live a more sustainable, green existence. It also offers many money saving tips.

A dump company sets up an immense landfill very near the game protagonist's home. The player's mission is to stop the dump company, and save the planet choosing strategic, earth-friendly behavior "cards." Each round, the player makes choices in his/her life by selecting action cards. The results of these actions are seen a round later, sometimes several rounds later. These actions will have a direct impact on his/her finances, morale and health, which, in turn, can affect whether they will survive the game. It will also have an impact on their knowledge of various environmental subjects: waste, chemicals, energy, CO2 emissions, self-sufficiency, and water. There are also "accident" cards, which are random events that take place at any given time, just like they occur in every day life. For example, the player will get a card that indicates that they broke a leg and will therefore not be able to work for a while. This event lowers the player's finances. Players cannot discard these accident cards and must continue the game.

The player will begin to realize that winning is extremely difficult, if not impossible. His or her situation is very dependent on the random  circumstances life has to offer, whether it's a car accident or if finances dictate a non-ideal choice in environmental products. Oftentimes, the player will have very few wise choices available, which Midori says, "reflects the real world. It's hard and we want people to realize the harsh realities of life, no matter how devastating and frustrating. But this has a purpose, which is to inspire the player to change things for the better in real life." If players achieve a score of 100 in their overall knowledge category they win the game. They have 104 rounds to play and to try to save the world, but this isn't easy.

Global Warning is available for $9.95 and requires OS X 10.3.9 or higher, 512 MB of RAM, a 450 Mhz Processor, and a 3D OpenGL video card.

Head over to the website below to learn more about the game and download the free demo.

Global Warning

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