A few weeks ago, we were lucky enough to meet Defra's Climate Change Champions, a group of really smart, switched-on teenagers. We had an hour with seven of the Champions, during which we got them to pair up and play our recent game, "Climate Challenge", then discussed the game with them, and got their thoughts on how we should adapt it for schools and players their age.
They came up with some really useful feedback, telling us which bits they liked and which bits they didn't. They were particularly keen about being able to pick an avatar at the beginning, and choosing their president's name, as it personalised the game for them. They said the game showed how hard it is being president, and the decisions and compromises you have to make.
We also got some ideas on how to modify the game, which is aimed at adults, to make it more appealing to a younger audience. We hope this will make Operation: Climate Control Game a much better game as a result.
Overall, I was really impressed by the Champions. They know so much more about climate change and politics than I did at their age! And they are all really motivated and articulate. I wish them all lots of success for the future!
The nice people at Defra filmed the young climate champions playing our game, "Climate Challenge", and we've put the 1-minute video up on our website:
It's really exciting to see them playing and enjoying the game - thanks again to the champions for their enthusiasm and their feedback!