Saving energy can be as simple as replacing a light bulbs or by setting the thermostat level appropriately. However, most of us need a small nudge to take action and learn that our daily life and habits are essential for energy saving; EVIDENT SERIOUS GAME reinforces this premise.
The EVIDENT serious game is a life simulation environment where the player controls a digital character that simulates daily life routine considering the energy consumption made throughout the day. The players of the game will combine their daily life practices and energy habits with those customs that exist in the game world. They will be able to see and interact with the vital temperature regulation in the house and switch off the lights in a room. One of the main reasons we consume unnecessary energy in lighting is that we forget the lights open. Using the right equipment and making the right choices, we can save energy while providing maximum comfort in our daily lives.
Players can control and operate a wide range of devices in a household such as lights, air conditioner, thermostat, fridge and so on. They will have to fulfill a range of everyday tasks that correspond to real life customs, such as eating and cooking, using the fridge and operating the dishwasher. Also, the house is personalized for each user, based on their income, family status etc. In this sense, a player with a large family will control a spacier house with more rooms compared to someone who lives alone. Doing such actions, the user goal is to consume low amounts of energy which will lead to better scores at the end of the game. You should not feel anxious about that; the game will help you and give you advice in case you forget something, by popping up some messages as shown in the image below.
At some points in the game, players will be asked to make decisions to replace appliances when they break down and thus, they will come across with the concept of energy efficiency. In these scenarios, they will have to negotiate with the repairman, and they will be presented with a number of choices to repair or replace the corresponding appliance. In this way, players are challenged to choose the most energy-efficient choice. Players are encouraged to remember that replacing a device is not always the best option. At the end of the negotiation, an advice regarding their choices will show up, the same way it is illustrated in the following figure.