Game: What The Frack?
What if there were a way to extract so much oil and natural gas from far underground that it would make America energy independent? What if this technology was so effective that it would bring back manufacturing jobs and revive the economy to a degree we haven't seen in decades? That sounds great, doesn't it? And what if there were serious drawbacks to this technology? What if it opened up the possibility of contaminating our water supplies and putting dangerous chemicals in the air? Would the risk be worth taking? The technology we're talking about is hydraulic fracturing or 'fracking'. Fracking involves drilling a hole deep under the earth and injecting water and other materials under high pressure to break up layers of rock to release petrochemicals. With fracking, oil fields that were too expensive to exploit have suddenly become accessible. Harvard history professor Niall Ferguson says this: "Fracking is an absolutely huge phenomenon with massive implications for the U.S. economy, and I think most people are still a little bit slow to appreciate just how big this is, Conceivably it means a new golden age." Over the next few years, politicians, scientists, activists and ordinary citizens will debate the pros and cons of fracking. The experience you are about to have will prepare you to understand and participate in that debate.
Stay Inside The Box: The whole game takes place in just one screen, no scrolling or changing screens in any way is allowed.
Approved for All Audiences: The game must not show any violence, not even cartoonish. Stepping on living mushrooms is off the list, as is killing any type of enemies, not even undead, though we know they’re already dead…
Bigger Picture: The game touches on a political, environmental or social issue.
May the (Web) Force Be with You: The game runs in a browser with no plugin.