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Climate computer game lets you see how our choices can impact climate

Nina Chestney, Reuters

Ever wondered how one person could save the planet from the effects of climate change? A British-made computer game on trial release Monday creates different ways of doing just that.

Fate of the World puts the Earth's future in players' hands, placing them in charge of an international environmental body which could save the world from the effects of rising greenhouse gas emissions, or let it perish by continuing to rely on emissions-heavy fossil fuels.

Through different scenarios, players can explore options such as geo-engineering and alternative energy sources to save the planet from rising temperatures, dwindling natural resources and a growing population over the next 200 years.

A rough cut of the game will be followed by a three-month feedback period from players, with final release due in February next year.

Created by Oxford-based games developer Red Redemption, the game departs from more mainstream action games by using data from real climate models and advice from scientists and economists in Britain and the United States.

“Science data is often inaccessible and we are trying to put players in a position of power and connected with the issues,” said Gobion Rowlands, Red Redemption's founder and chairman.

“We are not pushing one particular agenda. There are a range of options, including nuclear power and renewable energy. We are not saying one route is the best route,” he added.

The firm has an advisory board which includes some climate change experts. Myles Allen, head of climate dynamics at Oxford University, contributed the prediction models in the game.

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