MyConservationPark: a Toronto-born virtual game that saves the real world

Posted by Knowlton Thomas

Social games are commonplace now.

Socially conscious games? Not so much.

But Toronto's Good World Games is the maker of MyConservationPark, a Facebook game that is similar to Farmville, but with a purpose: to save the real world.

In the game, you build your own virtual park and 15% of vitual money is donated to real-life non-proft ogranizations that protect land and save endangered species.

Given that the game's YouTube video has just a single dislike out of nearly 8,000 views, it's clear that people can agree with the idea of contributing to charities and helping protect the planet by playing games on Facebook.

Don't think that merely building a virtual park on a social network is going to cease the extinction of species, but hey—at the very least it's a neat thought that you can help in some way while entertaining yourself at a bus stop or on your coffee break. And if game developers made a trend out of this concept, we might actally be able to really make a difference through games.

Company:
Good World Games
Website:
http://www.goodworldgames.com
Location:
Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Good World Games was founded in 2010 with the goal of creating socially conscious social games. We are dedicated to helping global causes through fun, educational games offered to an engaged audience. Our first game MyConservationPark is now available on Facebook at http://apps.facebook.com/myconservationpark/. We like to build cool technology with imaginative business models that can make a lasting difference -... more


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Knowlton Thomas

Knowlton Thomas

Knowlton is the managing editor of Techvibes. Based in Vancouver, Knowlton has been published in national publications and has also appeared on television and radio. Previously he was an editor for New Westminster weekly The Other Press and served on its board of directors. When not working, Knowlton enjoys playing tennis or otherwise enjoying the outdoors. more



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