Mexican Student Builds Eco-Video Game


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José Carlos Rivera, a student studying computer science at the Western Institute of Technology and Higher Education in the city of Guadalajara, has designed a game entitled Ship Shop, offering players a kind of eco-justice perhaps unattainable in the real world, according to the Mexican daily Reforma. In the game, the hero tries to vanquish polluting criminals, and while he's completing the mission the player is edified by pop-up tips on how to protect the environment.

The game was developed using the XNA Game Studio Platform, which can be used with games that run in Windows, Xbox 360 and Nintendo's Wii. During the Student Partner Summit 2008, Rivera presented the game to Microsoft México, where it was well-received. Next he will take it to the Imagine Cup, an international student technology competition, which this year has "The Environment" as its theme. The event will take place in Paris in July 2008 and is sponsored by Microsoft, which is calling on young programmers, artists and technologists around the world to "imagine a world where technology enables a sustainable environment.
:: Via Reforma (Spanish link, subscription required)
It turns out Rivera is not the only one in the Spanish-speaking world to create a virtual space to fight eco-villains. A Spanish company has developed a video game devoted to fighting climate change called Guardianes del Clima, or Climate Guardians. :: Via Eco Mancha (Spanish link)

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