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Playing Games with the Future

Posted by Chip / October 16, 2006

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With all signs of the apocalypse clearly apparent these days, you knew it was only a matter of time until someone found a way to have fun with them. Well, at least one of the signs anyways. I stumbled across Antarctica Global Warming when it caught my eye in the store window as I left the Indigo in Kingston over the weekend.

From reading the rules of the game, it seems Antarctica Global Warming is a complex board game that brings some potentially harsh realities to the realm of fantasy. A little Risk, a little Settlers of Catan, this game begins at a point in the dismal future where water levels have risen 80 meters and, as stated in the game's background, “Global warming has melted the great ice sheets. No polar caps remain. The oceans are ice free…Armies are raised with everyone coming forth. Unite and fight-conquer or be lost.”

Shiver.

Using Queen’s University research to validate the apocalyptic model, Savita Games predicts the future, and it’s not too bright. The object of the game: capture Antarctica, of course. The game also incorporates fate cards, money, war, weather patterns, and an interactive rotating weather wheel and cloud cover disk which at first, covers Antarctica.

Now, I’ve yet to play this game, but I imagine that when it comes to feel-good board games, Balderdash, it is not.

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Without understanding the true motivation of the game makers, I can only imagine they had one of two reasons: 1. Educate youngsters (through entertainment) on the effects of global warming with the hope that they will somehow magically reverse the damage done or 2. Educate youngsters that the world they inherit will have been irreparably damaged and they are doomed to pick up the pieces, thus starting them on their cynical years early.

Care for a game anyone?

Discussion

12 Comments

J Mac / October 17, 2006 at 12:09 pm
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I'd love to play, except I'm in the middle of another exciting round of After Peak Oil: Defend Your Canned Goods From The Ravenous Hordes.
OJ / October 17, 2006 at 02:33 pm
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Well, maybe we can meet up and play after I finish my game of Countdown to Nuclear Holocost: Blow up everyone else before they can get to you.
/ January 26, 2009 at 03:08 am
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<h1>inversely:automate plan contributed subproblem licenses!disillusionment: </h1>
/ January 30, 2009 at 06:20 pm
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<h1>fattened.clean objective beatnik.intractable?dark Khrushchev . </h1>
/ January 30, 2009 at 06:21 pm
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<h1>fattened.clean objective beatnik.intractable?dark Khrushchev . </h1>
/ February 26, 2009 at 08:53 pm
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<h1>graven chased Tiber spectrographic smithy.steepness:interim.Spartanizes </h1>
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