Saturday, March 26, 2011

Alter Space and the New Earth Hour Mini-Game

Just in time for Earth Hour, Alter Space promotes a fun way of sharing practical tips on Earth-friendly living.

These tips are presented as part of various tasks and mini-games that the gamer plays means a lifestyle that helps reduce the effects of global warming, climate change and carbon emissions on the planet.

New Earth Hour mini-game

In line with the upcoming Earth Hour global event that calls on people around the world to shut down all non-essential lights and appliances on the last Saturday of March (8:30 pm to 9:30 pm), Alter Space has introduced a new mini-game called “Switch Chaser” in support of Earth Hour.

The “Switch Chaser”gamer’s avatar is required to switch off whatever appliance has been left on in his or her virtual home. The player has two minutes to move around the house, using the PC arrow keys, and turn off an appliance. The gamer must turn off as many appliances as possible within two minutes.  

The player earns points or “Currentcy” for each appliance turned off which in turn  is used to purchase various necessities in the Alter Space virtual world. A player can use “Switch Chaser” up to 5 times a day to earn Currentcy. Subsequent game plays (beyond the fifth for the day) are possible but they will no longer earn Currentcy.
Alter Space Facebook Game
Getting your game on

It’s better to know a few basic things about global warming and how it relates to the game’s ultimate goal: Carbon Footprint Reduction.

Carbon footprint refers to the amount of carbon gas emissions that a particular human activity releases into the planet. 

The more carbon emissions are released, the warmer our planet gets. Practically every human activity—driving a car, cooking hamburgers, baking pastries, using household appliances, etc. — leaves its own carbon footprint, whether large or small. Too much warmth on a global scale affects our weather in ways that could harm our environment and life on Earth. We simply cannot allow our planet to get too hot, if we want to preserve it for the next generations of humans, animals and plants.
Focus on Carbon Footprint
When you play Alter Space, what you want is to alter that situation. Make choices and play games that teach you how to reduce your carbon footprint. The right choices are those that increase happiness while minimizing one’s carbon footprint.

Playing the game

Some practical tips you learn in Alter Space are:
a) Using natural sunlight to brighten your house as much as possible;
b) Using energy-saving light bulbs in the house;
c) Using a pail of water when you bathe, instead of the shower;
d) Using an LCD television set instead of the old CRT TVs; LCD TVs consume less energy and result in less carbon emissions.
Learn these and more practical tips the fun way when you play Alter Space! Check it out at

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