We wrote about this exciting happening pretty recently, but it definitely belongs in this “Best Of 2011” list.
Zemoga’s concept, Climate Trail, was selected by former Vice President Al Gore as one of the top three most innovative games as part of PSFK’s Gaming For Good challenge.
Climate Trail is a game that lets players follow the ‘money trail’ tied to the dissemination of false data. Similar in style to the classic game Oregon Trail, Climate Trail is text-based. The goal is to reach the year 2036 with a healthy and livable community. The hope is to use open data to supply the questions that one will answer to win/complete the game, and through that gameplay, to give users a greater understanding of the reality of climate change. You can read a full writeup about the game in PSFK’s Gaming for Good Report and you should also be sure to have a look at their http://www.psfk.com/future-of-gaming as well.
As a multi-national team, one might think it would be difficult for Zemoga to ideate and create such an innovative idea, under such strict time contraints, but we feel that it only helps us. With team members from different cultures and backgrounds, we can really take a step back and think about what the end user needs and will enjoy. And that is how we continue to lead innovation.