In a Nutshell

PlayReal is a massive multiplayer online and offline game (MMOOG). The first of its kind, and with just as unique a goal. To help create solutions for a sustainable planet.

How? By helping young gamers think in that direction while using their typical digital skills. And then translate that to the outside world. By doing so on a global scale we aim for the new generations to come up with new solutions. Both online and offline.
PlayReal is a serious gaming organisation, that involves children and youth in the world’s biggest challenges. Issues like the environment and climate change; the economy and the monetary system; food security and the availability of resources; energy and the transition to renewable sources. All problems humanity has to solve within their lifetime.

The game consists of a game-space with social networking capabilities, a virtual world and real-life activities in-class. And eventually in the Geo-dome, a travelling geodesic tent currently located in a beautiful nature area on the borders of Amsterdam.

In the game-space, we present an interactive narrative, like an Alternate Reality Game. Here the players see the story unfolding through the postings and movie clips of the different characters. Throughout the story, the characters face a number of challenges and the players help them to find solutions.

Most importantly, this game-space contains all social networking capabilities. It is a space where players come together, share and collaborate with each other and with the game characters as well. Behind some game characters are organisations who contribute with knowledge and resources to help the players turn the solutions into reality. Players can create groups, send messages, chat, and post blog items to further participate in the problem-solving process. The virtual world gives them an additional opportunity to further immerse them in the story, by interacting with the game characters. It also offers them a platform for further online collaboration.

Finally, players and playing characters come together in the Geodome to build with their own hands a final solution for the given challenge.

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In a Nutshell

PlayReal is a massive multiplayer online and offline game (MMOOG). The first of its kind, and with just as unique a goal. To help create solutions for a sustainable planet.

How? By helping young gamers think in that direction while using their typical digital skills. And then translate that to the outside world. By doing so on a global scale we aim for the new generations to come up with new solutions. Both online and offline.
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Why we do it

“We can’t solve problems by using the same kind of thinking we used when we created them.” Albert Einstein

Children solve problems while playing. And without thinking twice. It’s in their nature to keep trying until things work out. We want to tap into that energy, and help them to use that capability. They are the carriers of future ideas and solutions. PlayReal aims to support them by building these, through playing. And create a new way of thinking in doing so.
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Next Phases

We recently completed the experimental Phase of the project. We are now working on the next two Phases.

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Who does it benefit

“Tell me and I will forget, show me and I might remember, involve me and I will understand.”
Chinese proverb

PlayReal offers great benefits for children, organisations and schools.

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PlayReal for Organisations

We begin by framing the organisation’s need, which could be to communicate a message, come up with ideas for new products, think of new strategies, etc. Then we develop a story and characters that reflect this need.

We create adventures that invite players to come up with solutions. From the organisation’s knowledge, values and resources, we create a game character (Intergalactic Counsellor).

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PlayReal for Schools

We begin by framing the educational outcome. Then we weave the educational content into a story. We create adventures that invite players to think creatively, work collaboratively and come up with solutions to real-world problems.

We seek for organisations that provide knowledge, values and resources in the given theme and create a character for them (Intergalactic Counsellor).

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Intergalactic Counsellors

PlayReal drives on participation from organisations providing knowledge on specific areas. That can be farming, engineering, architecture, biology or water management, for example. Together with the players they help create local solutions for the challenges being presented.

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