Friday, September 13, 2013
At Taste of the Nation, I met Bradley Bulifant, who is the Executive Producer of The Solar Games. On August 16th, I went to an open house at 37 N. Orange Ave. Suite #603 Orlando, FL where the game was being presented to Full Sail Masters students and faculty. The idea I imagine was to recruit thesr students to further develop the game. At the open house, I got to meet the creative team behind this project.
The game involves solar powered cars racing in an exotic Haiti landscape. The premise is, that, "The year is 2033. Global climate change efforts of the past 20 years have failed. The environmental apocalypse has arrived and its causing surreal and comedic events. The global community has one last hope by creating a race for change, an environmental Olympics...The Solar Games. A social impact video game that creates renewable energy access solutions.
The Solar Games will work to catalyze a sustainable solar program and partnership network by using 50% OF GAME PROFITS for a 0% interest fund for micro finance institutions (MFI) in Haiti. This fund will allow MFI's and Haitian installers to supply, install and warranty solar systems for medical clinics, schools and households with electricity access.
The Solar Games Kickstarter has so far raised $13,305 towards the $346,532 goal. This game is the first in a series of planned social impact video games that will ultimately help areas around the world that need access to electricity. This is the first time I have ever heard of video games being used as a power for good.