20 Jan '12, 3pm

A Farmvillesque wetlands protection game that actually helps real-life wetlands

A Farmvillesque wetlands protection game that actually helps real-life wetlands

Are people still playing Farmville? I hid all that crap from my Facebook feed so I don’t know, but man, some people were crazy about that game. So crazy that a Farmville parody actually became a cultish obsession in its own right. So crazy that you might look at the population of Farmville players and think “man, if only we could harness that power for good!” Which is probably what students at the University of Washington Bothell’s Center for Serious Play were thinking when they developed a Farmvillesque wetlands protection game that actually helps real-life wetlands. In the game, players maintain the biological diversity of the wetland by obtaining up to 30 species of plants such as broadleaf arrowleaf, sitka willow and tufted hairgrass and planting them in areas to support biological diversity of the wetland, all while fending off invasive plants. Players determine where...

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