Al Gore Gamifies Climate Conversation By Crowdsourcing Myth Busting

Al Gore Gamifies Climate Conversation By Crowdsourcing Myth Busting

Reality Drop lets players earn points by spreading the truth about climate change and debunking false articles.

Emma Hutchings
  • 1 march 2013

Born out of PSFK’s Gaming For Good event last year and Arnold Worldwide’s idea for the game, Al Gore announced the actual creation of ‘Reality Drop‘ at TED this week. The social content game lets players earn points and badges by spreading the truth about climate change and fighting deniers.

Al Gore Gamifies Climate Conversation By Connecting News With Science

The site features a curated list of climate news articles from around the web and players can add comments to these articles with facts about climate change, and share the science to their social networks. Reality Drop’s mission is to reveal the denial and deception around climate change, spread the truth, and clear the way toward real solutions.

The gamified experience rewards players for dropping reality and sharing facts. A red article indicates a news story promoting climate myths and bonus points can be earned for dropping reality in the comment threads and encouraging people to click on a link that takes them to the science on Reality Drop.

Al Gore Gamifies Climate Conversation By Connecting News With Science

Green articles include news worth sharing and these can be spread on social networks. Gray articles are neutral and players can vote on whether they’re pro or anti science, then drop reality. Check out the introduction video below:

To see the original idea that stimulated this project and others from the Future Of Gaming hack-a-thon event, check out the slideshare below.

Reality Drop


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