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Rewarding Online Gamers for Eco-Friendly Behavior

Is there a way to harness the popularity of multiplayer online gamers to save energy in the real world ?  Professor Byron Reeves, a media expert...

Sean Leow
Sean Leow on February 26, 2009.

Is there a way to harness the popularity of multiplayer online gamers to save energy in the real world ?  Professor Byron Reeves, a media expert at Stanford University, thinks there is.  The scenario that Reeves imagines is that a player would get in-game feedback from a smart meter which tracks energy usage throughout the player’s house in order to reward the player online.  For example, if you turn off a light in an unused room, your house’s smart meter recognizes this and your online player is rewarded accordingly.

The trick is making sure that the game designers find a fun way to align the incentives of the gamers with the social cause.  With over 12 million players of World of Warcraft, the social impact could be tremendous.

[via Popsci]

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