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Joysticks to save climate

world Updated: Nov 02, 2010 00:54 IST

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They've tackled alien invasions and gang violence, but this week computer gamers wrestle with an even more pressing issue: climate change.

Arriving on November 2, the British-made game Fate of the World puts players at the helm of a future World Trade Organisation-style environmental body with a task of saving the world by cutting carbon emissions or damning it by letting soaring temperatures wreak havoc through floods, droughts and fires.

The strategy game, which features data from real-world climate models, is already being hailed by experts as a potential breakthrough for social change titles, and welcomed by climate campaigners as a way of reaching new audiences.