Survive the Century: a cli-fi game of choice and consequences
A choose-your-own-adventure-style game that lets players explore the political, environmental and social choices and consequences humans face between 2021 and 2100 as we try to mitigate and adapt to the ravages of climate change (or not)
Global | 1 May 2021 – ongoing
Survive the Century is a choose-your-own-adventure-style game about the political, environmental and social choices humans will face between 2021 and 2100 as we try to mitigate and adapt to the ravages of climate change (or not).
The player of the game is the editor of a popular newspaper and chooses headlines that influence public opinion and political responses to climate change, that include a green recovery from Covid-19. The player’s choices shape the future, and they’re able to read the news that results, including short fiction by Lauren Beukes, Rajat Chaudhuri, Maria Turtschaninoff and Sophia Al-Maria and illustrations by Anika Brandow.
This free web-based game is a work of fiction, but it is informed by real science. Each pathway in the game has been co-developed by fiction writers with natural and social scientists and climate policymakers. At the end of the game there is a link to an interactive dashboard with output from Climate Interactive’s En-ROADS energy and climate simulation model, matched to the pathway a player chose. This way players who are interested can see in fine detail how changes in the energy system affect the climate. There is also a link to explore local climate action groups near where you live, so you can start taking action in the real world.
It takes about 30 minutes to play through all of the pathways, and we’ve tried to make it engaging and funny enough that players will want to share it.
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