BRISTOL, UK JANUARY 18th, 2013: Having made waves worldwide by covering the brutal Syrian civil war in the form of a game, the developers behind Endgame:Syria have released their latest 'news game' and this time the subject is not war, but carbon. Titled ' Climate Defense' the free game released today for Android devices, offers the player the chance to stop CO2 emissions from reaching the atmosphere by capturing it in nature's carbon sinks, trees. However there is a twist – before the game begins the player is offered a choice, if they want to play the game for fun or as a more realistic simulation – a choice that will lead to a very different gameplay experience. The games designer, Tomas Rawlings, explained more; “Normally with a video game, the developers will have made huge concessions to ensure the game is fun so with a shooting game you may be able to be shot and recover many times over which is not realistic, but does make the game fun. In Climate Defense, that distinction is apparent so you can have fun playing the game or you can choose a more realistic experience and see how our continued emissions will impact our world.” The game is free to download from the Google Play store or from the GameTheNews website.
The creators of both games, GameTheNews, became a global talking point over their release of a game covering an ongoing war, have clearly decided that making games about difficult and controversial topics is not something they are willing to shy away from. There is no sign of them turning to the more traditional topics of gaming such as zombies or aliens and they are currently developing a game about the 'War on Drugs'.
GameTheNews is a project by digital development and consultancy studio Auroch Digital, based in Bristol, UK. The project is exploring how games can be developed from news stories. They have produced a number of games before this one on a variety of topics such as the US elections and solar power. The existing GameTheNews games can be found on Wired and the Huffington Post – see here for more information.
Endgame:Syria became a global talking-point after it was rejected by Apple eliciting huge interest in both the game itself and the concept of news games – see here for more information .