Games from around the world

It seems that we are not alone in thinking that games are a great way of understanding environmental problems.  While I was perusing the various country pavilions located across the street from Riocentro, I discovered an interesting game in Japan’s impressive pavilion.  This game is more simplistic than the Settlers of a Green Future game we launched on June 19, but attempts to demonstrate the interconnectivity of ecosystems, as well as flora and fauna.  Even though they had no English version, I was able to follow along and get the point of the game: removing any block from the ‘ecosystem’ could cause it to collapse.

Step 1. Roll the dice.

Step 2. Turn to the corresponding page in the book to see what your impact is.

Step 3. Remove or add blocks accordingly, to see 'ecosystem' impacts.