Video games are played by children, young adults, adults and the elderly. Everyone plays video games, athletes, people who have nothing to do with sports, politicians, scientists and even farmers. This means that there is a large audience of people who can easily be reached, taught, or otherwise be exposed to a variety of content. Video games aren’t bad for the environment, in fact, they are far better than streaming of online media is, especially 4K movies and TV shows.
What if video games took on a more responsible role of teaching people about climate change and global warming, not to mention the environment in general? Well, video game giants are ahead of the curve, as most large companies should be. Here is how the world can be taught to be more aware, through video games.
Companies Introducing Environmentally Friendly Topics and Details Into Games
This is one of the easiest ways of swaying the minds of people and teaching them to be a bit more careful about the environment. While you can’t realistically expect a game about a catastrophic event which lead to the demise of many animals and people (or rather, you could, because post apocalyptic games are really popular), you can expect developers to start implementing details or quests or graphics which are designed to point people in the direction of being environmentally friendly.
Some games like SimCity or Civilization have energy management as one of the primary gameplay elements. Likewise, most strategy games have some sort of resource or energy management, which can be a direct way of teaching people about larger problems. There are video games which are specifically designed to promote energy management, thus promoting awareness about larger issues at hand. Going against a Wild Hunt or getting rid of nazi zombies can be entertaining, but it would be much so if the air we breathe were to become very polluted.
Video Game Design – Green Design
Some companies are talking about implementing more “green” in their games, but that is just one way of educating people.
The very way a game is designed can also mean the difference between preaching and practicing.
If you make an environmentally friendly game while your developers are using up energy needlessly is a very hypocritical way of doing things. The developers themselves should be responsible for doing things the right way, wasting as little energy as possible.
Mobile Gaming – A Large Platform
Even though people love consoles and PCs, the reality is that many people play on mobile phones, because it is the easiest thing to do. It is also cheaper. Mobile phone markets are a great opportunity for developers and larger organizations backing them, to educate people about global warming and climate change.
Video games can reach an audience of about two billion people. That is a lot of people, and that many people doing their part in reducing emissions and living a greener life would do wonders for the world. Video games can help, and they are actively trying to.