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Help us communicate the complexities of climate change by making small awesome games and let us help you turn those small games into bigger games.

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Climate Jam 2018 is a game jam focused on making games which teach people about climate change.  It will run for the whole of July and at the end we would like to help the best teams make their games into something bigger by helping them apply for a science communication grant.

The rules are pretty relaxed.  There is only one requirement, you must pick a concept in climate change for your game to communicate.  We have prepared this information pack which explains the following concepts, at least one of which your game must communicate...

 (1) What is Climate? (2) Global warming doesn't mean it's getting warmer everywhere, and (3) I can make a difference.

The game jam will have public voting and the top ranked games will be shown to a panel of judges including climate scientists, game designers and science communicators.  We will then pick the best games and work with the teams who made those games to find funding routes to making those games bigger!

Be part of our research and be eligible for a free prize draw!

As well as trying to create games to communicate climate change, we want to try and explore people’s perceptions and attitudes about climate change. In order to do this we have designed two short surveys for you to complete, the first before you start making your game and the second after. Participation is entirely voluntary. However, if you decide to take part and complete both of our short surveys, you will be entered into a prize draw. Three individuals will be picked at random, 1st Prize will be $420 (enough to buy Unity Plus for a year), 2nd prize will be $210 (enough to buy Unity Plus for 6 months) and 3rd prize will be $105 (enough to buy Unity Plus for 3 months)

If you wish to participate head over to this link before you start making your game.

Judging Criteria

There will be two criteria that anyone can vote on and one criteria just climate scientists vote on. 

The two criteria everyone votes on are (1) Gameplay/Fun and (2) Educational Value.

The criteria climate scientists vote on is (3) Scientific Accuracy.

About Us

We are a group of scientists from Wales and we are really quite worried about the way people talk about climate change. 

There are a lot of misunderstandings which people in positions of power use to convince people climate science is just scaremongering. Partly that's our own fault, scientists generally aren't great communicators (notice how I'm centering this text and using brackets unnecessarily). 

We got to thinking, what if we made a game which taught you the complexities of climate change science through the way you interacted with it. Not a game that shows you facts about climate change between the fun part, but a fun game which happens to teach you about climate change. Then we thought instead of us trying to make one game, what if we got the game development community to help us with ideas, hence this game jam!  

This work is supported by The Welsh Crucible, Bangor University, Cardiff University, Cardiff Metropolitan University, the Natural Environment Research Council, the Sêr Cymru II programme and Swansea University.

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Travel through time and fight climate change!
Educational
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A deck-building game where you play cards to exploit a small ecosystem while avoiding destruction as long as possible.
Card Game
Help penguins from Adélie species to survive the ice melting
Platformer
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GIF
Climate Change - Strategy Card Game
Card Game
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A thing about open-air art museums.
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A game about life in the sad age of global warming.
Simulation
the climate change is so sad for me
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(work in progress!)
Adventure
Life of Fish is a short, 3 minute game, aimed to raise awareness about the growing issue of Climate Change.
Educational
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This game is my entry for the climate jam 2018.
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