It's no secret that video games and the consoles themselves don't have the greatest effect on the environment, nor is it shocking that different groups worry about the impact video games have on the minds of the children and adults who play them. However, there are games that can teach both kids and grown-up gamers how to take better care of the environment, how to appreciate it, and how to understand it. It's hard to believe that these games and the games that come after them could actually help save the environment.
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It's almost unbelievable that video games might save the future, but gamers of all ages praise this Star Wars game for introducing players to principles of ecology. One of the premises of the game involves creating an ecosystem and keeping it balanced on a moon that makes the task increasingly difficult. The game teaches lessons such as the life cycles of flora and fauna, how ecosystems work, why homeostasis is important, and why our own environment is so precious.
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This is a simple name for a complex game. Flower is a PlayStation game that focuses solely on nature. The player character itself is simply the wind. Though the game doesn't pay much mind to scoring points or winning trophies, it showcases different landscapes and creates a connection to nature that's rather deep, considering that it's just a video game. It's also incredibly calming, plus it's a wonderful way for people who live in congested areas to experience nature, even if it's on-screen.
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Created by National Geographic, this game involves turning a modern city into an eco-friendly, environmentally conscious community that thrives. The idea is to improve the environment and life in general for the people, animals, and plants that exist in the gaming world. This is the sort of game that inspires players, so that a nine-year-old or an adult might feel inspired to go after their environmental law degree, just to make the tranquility they experience in pixels exist in real life.
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It's funny to think that the Sims might inspire video game enthusiasts to go green, but SimAnimals certainly manages. It taps into a universal love for animals and takes place in forests, where players have total control over not just the resident animals, but also the plants and flowers that grow there. The seasons change, there are areas of pollution, and there is indigenous food. The result is that players learn about cleaning up pollution, different growing seasons, and even the phases of the moon.
While everyone should spend some time outdoors, communing with nature in real life, you can also use your gaming hobby to educate yourself about the environment and to learn ways to improve it for everyone. It helps to know that there are environmentally conscious video games that seek to educate and inspire — not just entertain.