These days many popular video games involve shooting guns and stealing cars, but Chico State student Ken Anderson is hoping to change that with his game Green World, which he created as part of a class project in 2009 with help from his classmate Kurt Feudale who was in charge of the artwork. The game requires the player build a city with as little pollution as possible, using clean and reusable energy. " It's important to know about sustainability, it's important to use clean fuel, especially after creating this game and all the research I've done, it's very important to use clean fuel" said the games creator Ken Anderson.
Anderson's game did well in his class, scoring him an a on the project, and it's also scoring high marks in the business world. The game placed in the top 150 entries out of thousands for the international Microsoft Imagine Cup contest. He's also entered the game in the national Stem Game Challenge, inspired by President Obama's initiative to promote focus on science, technology, engineering and math. Something Anderson hopes children will learn from his game. "They'll learn about different sustainable energies and maybe it will encourage them to study something like science on technology" explained Anderson.
Only a handful of Anderson's classmates have been allowed to play the game, but so far it's getting great reviews. " It was leagues and leagues ahead of everyone else in the class, it was really impressive how determined they were to get it ready for the competition" said Anderson's classmate Same Fries.
The winner of the Stem Game Challenge should be announced by early March. " I feel like we're gonna win it, I really do" said Anderson. You can help Anderson win by voting for Green World. It can be found on our website by clicking on news links.