BBC Climate Change Game Review

By Kayla Perez

Climate challenge lets players live out a broad way of viewing globalization through a political perspective and is one most successful serious video games out there

In the game you must act as the “President of the European Nations” and reduce your people’s carbon emissions over the course of a century(decade by decade), while remaining popular enough to stay in office.

This may sound dull, but it is the complete opposite! As humans climate change is one of the most important factors that affect our environment and how we live; It is  is one of the most dynamic and thought-provoking situations we have out there.

The game lasts ten turns, each spanning a decade between 2000 and 2100. A turn consists of selecting up to 5 policy cards, each of which will use up or add certain resources. For example, to “Send Foreign Aid” would reduce your amount of water and food and add more carbon dioxide in the air which is the opposite of what we want, unless this policy is needed.

Also, you will frequently meet with other world leaders at the Climate Change Summit and vote on setting new global emissions limits. However, if they don’t feel that Europe is doing enough, they will refuse to  reduce their own emissions and you will have to subsidize them, an expensive way to buy votes. Your long-term goal is to reduce your CO2 emissions to the target levels agreed upon by the global community, but you must also keep your electorate happy.

Throughout the game, you will be provided newspapers to show how people are viewing your political decisions. This is a great way to see what decisions you should make next and if you are losing voters. Also, when making decisions the game provides meters on: what you will gain/reduce of carbon, money, power, food , water, and world leaders approval.

In the end, this game is a great way to gain a new perspective on how each of our decisions affects other components on our world and provides people with new knowledge.