Global Change Games: Bee Simulator

It can be difficult to talk about climate change. Through the use of fictional scenarios, games help us explore and reflect on the challenging and sometimes frightening problems we face. In this series we will livestream gameplay and discuss how climate change games help us understand and grapple with the diverse and interrelated problems resulting from rapid global change.

Bee Simulator lets you explore a world brimming with life in which you collect pollen, defy dangerous wasps, and save your hive from pesticides, habitat loss, and pathogens. Lukasz Rosinski, founder of Bee Simulator studio Varsav, told The Verge, “We wanted to show a completely different perspective for this small insect using realistic models, graphics and gameplay mechanics inspired by real bees’ tasks, not cartoonish ones with an infantile story and mechanics.”

In this event, Libraries’ Learning Spaces & Services staff members Colin Keenan and Alex Valencia demoed Bee Simulator and talked about how the game helps players to be much more aware of this micro world and its challenges. Dr. Colin Brammer of the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences will join the stream to talk about bees and climate change.

This event was streamed live from our Twitch page.

Part of the Global Change Games series

This video is a recording of Global Change Games: Bee Simulator, September 10, 2021

Video added on October 4, 2021