Our Earth Your Choice
A recently released game about the effects of climate change produced in Wakefield with young people
Lead a team of eco-activists as they take on a series of important missions that will influence the future of our world. A top-down adventure with four diverse characters set in four different locations on the planet, Our Earth Your Choice is a fun video game with an important environmental message.
The participants were aged 8-20 years old and worked in four age-appropriate teams primarily over Zoom during Covid lockdowns. The aim of the project was to create a new prototype game, give practical experience in game design, learn about climate change, and improve personal skills.
The project started in December 2020 and ran until July 2022. Within the zoom sessions participants learnt the basics of a wide range of free game-development related software programs including Twine, Scratch, Coppercube and Unity.
Participants gained a working knowledge in various areas of games development, including how to make a story in Twine, how to design a simple Scratch game, how to design basic level maps, prototyping, AI, textures and materials, terrain and terrain makers, colliders, post processing, sound FX/voice FX, and more.
Sessions were also tailored to address 7 key areas of personal development: Confidence Building, Teamwork, Active Listening, Communication, Planning, Problem-solving and Critical Thinking.
The children and young people produced a wide range of material - from artwork, 3D models and level designs to music and sound FX - which can be viewed in our online gallery. This material inspired - and is incorporated - into the game.
In November 2022, Our Earth Your Choice was awarded a Climate Award by the Culture Health and Wellbeing Alliance, read more here.
Some of the Our Earth Your Choice Game Dev Team at the Festival of the Earth Gaming Day in 2021 (below)