Mar 26, 2011

Alter Space: Newest FB Game To Save The Planet

DEFROST THE FRIDGE REGULARLY –  That’s a tip from Alter Space.
 Playing the game generates Earth-friendly tips that save energy
and reduce carbon emissions. 
I am not actually into online games for the reason that for me, they just consume the remaining time I have on earth. Then, I was given a chance to peek at this NEW FILIPINO-DEVELOPED Facebook game: ALTER SPACE. Developed by AboitizPower, the game is to educate gamers on Carbon Footprint Reduction. A fun way for gamers to learn practical tips on Earth-friendly lifestyle.
Alter Space keeps up-to-date with environmental and Earth-friendly projects. One of these is Earth Hour, a global event that calls on people around the world to shut down all non-essential lights and appliances on the last Saturday of March, from 8:30 pm to 9:30 pm, according to their local time. In support to earth-hour, Alter Space has introduced a new mini-game called “Switch Chaser”. where the gamer’s avatar is required to switch off whatever appliance has been left on in his or her virtual home. The gamer has two minutes to move around the house, using the PC arrow keys, and turn off an appliance. The gamer needs to press the space bar once the avatar is beside an appliance to turn it off. The gamer must turn off as many appliances as possible within two minutes.   
or each appliance turned off the gamer earns points or “Currentcy”. A gamer can play “Switch Chaser” up to 5 times a day to earn Currentcy. Beyond that, they will no longer earn Currentcy.   

When you play Alter Space, that is what you actually do: make choices and play games that teach you how to reduce your carbon footprint. The right choices are those that increase happiness while minimizing one’s carbon footprint. To give us a background, “Carbon footprint” refers to the amount of carbon gas emissions that a particular human activity releases into the planet.  Practically every human activity—driving a car, cooking hamburgers, baking pastries, using household appliances, etc. — leaves its own carbon footprint, whether large or small.

The more carbon emissions are released, the warmer our planet gets. Too much warmth on a global scale affects our weather in ways that could harm our environment and life on Earth. We simply cannot allow our planet to get too hot, if we want to preserve it for the next generations of humans, animals and plants.          

In Alter Space, you have YOUR entire planet to take care of. The choices you make during the game will determine whether your planet has more or less total carbon emissions. The objective of the game is to make choices and fulfill tasks that will increase your Happiness Level while ensuring that carbon emissions are kept to a safe amount. 

ALTERNATIVE POWER SOURCE – Playing Alter Space required
gamers to find  sources of clean energy, or “Cleanergy” as
AboitizPower calls it. These include solar energy, hydro-electric power
and geothermal power. 
You must fulfill certain tasks (cooking, taking a shower, buying food, going to the park, shopping, watching TV, using the computer, etc.) in order to increase his or her Happiness Level. Every time the Happiness Level reaches 100 per cent, your avatar goes up one game level. The game goes up to Level 5. 

You must continuously earn “Currentcy” during the game. This is done by playing various mini-games. These mini-games involve harvesting energy from alternative sources: a solar power plant, a geothermal plant and a hydro-electric plant—all of which provide energy without carbon emissions. 

Alter Space also includes details and touches that showcase Filipino culture, like buying food from a “turo-turo”; playing sungka; or using a pamaypay or fan, and many others. 

WATER POWER – Water is one of the best sources of clean energy.
The Alter Space Hydro Plant mini-game teaches the importance 
of harnessing water to create energy. 
Here are some practical tips you learn in Alter Space are: a) Using natural sunlight to brighten your house as much as possible; b) Using energy-saving light bulbs in the house; c) Using a pail of water when you bathe, instead of the shower; d) Using an LCD television set instead of the old CRT TVs; LCD TVs consume less energy and result in less carbon emissions. 

Learn these and more practical tips the fun way when you play Alter Space! Check it out at 

AboitizPower is the holding company for the Aboitiz Group’s investments in power generation, distribution, retail and power services.  It is a major producer of Cleanergy, its brand for clean and renewable energy in the Philippines with several hydroelectric and geothermal assets in its generation portfolioand also has non-renewable power plants located across the country. The company owns distribution utilities that operate in high-growth areas in Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao. (For more details, please visit: and 

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