A Game Design Project from the G4C Student Challenge
A High School Student from Thomas A. Edison Career and Technical High School
Feedback from the Judges:
Vincent DiBartolo 👏 Technology Director at Self-Employed — Emoti-Con Judge
You did an amazing job of taking a very complicated topic - global warming and climate change - and showing how it might affect individuals in their everyday life. The progression of disasters from storm to earthquake to tsunami underscored that while human nature is to survive the challenge in front of us, the challenges only get bigger and more dangerous and we have to be thinking ahead. This is a great approach to tackling such a complex theme as climate change.
As a player of the game, I would like to see a little more of a connection between the disaster and the "right" and "wrong" choices. For example, small improvements to inform the player why their choice was correct might help them understand what the impact of the disaster is. Further, informing the player what they can do to help prevent these disasters (as opposed to react to them) might also drive home the theme of conservation and connectedness.
Your code is nice and clean and ready for others to clone it and create their own masterpieces.
The artwork and copy (script) are both really enjoyable and made the game feel fun to play. I'm really impressed with your work.
Dan Mehaffey 👏 Senior Account Executive at Microsoft — Emoti-Con Judge
I enjoyed playing and surviving your game! I think this is a very unique idea for a video game and would be a great vehicle to teach citizens about Global Warming. There are a lot of misconceptions around Global Warming, and I think your game hits on the most salient point, that we will increasingly suffer 'extreme' weather patterns from earthquakes, to floods, to droughts.
It was good to see your design process, I also enjoyed the fidelity of your prototype. The messaging and game play were clear.
I thought your focus on human survival was interesting as it will force the player of the game to confront their own mortality, and reflect on their own choices when it comes to contributing or mitigating Global Warming.
Things to consider:
- Will the game just be about survival? Could you create a parallel story line where you provide actions to prevent Global Warming (e.g. reduction of Greenhouse gases, reduce one-time plastic use, global air travel, meat production?)
- Could you link your app to real weather data sources to show change in rainfall / drought conditions? This could help emphasize the imminent dangers of Global Warming to your gamers!
Edwin Pavliukoit 👏 Meteorologist at National Weather Service — Emoti-Con Judge
With increasing threats posed by anthropogenic climate change, the concept and ideas behind this project are more relevant than ever. Being a meteorologist myself, one of the hardest difficulties we encounter is communicating the threats of various natural disasters to the community. I found the project to be easy to understand the cause and effect (or chain reaction) of said disasters, and the appropriate measures that should be taken to preserve life (and property too). Good Job!
Feedback from the Community:
Ian 👏 a High School Student
It reminds me of a game I used to play as a little kid and this is really well done and is a lot of fun.
Delecia 👏 a High School Student
this game is so fun
Samiya 👏 a High School Student from Thomas A. Edison Career and Technical Education High School
I enjoyed how informational this was. It was really fun to play too.
Kristal 👏 a High School Student from Thomas. A Edison High School
This game was really fun to play. I really enjoyed how you put background music. I like the design of the game.
Michella 👏 a High School Student
I liked that this game is really interesting and fun to play. Usually i'm not the type to play games but I would enjoy to play this one.
Sadikur 👏 a High School Student from nyc
very creative game.