BLOG-PH.com is present at the press launch of AlterSpace at Le Bistro Vert, Fraser Place in Makati City. Spotted in the event is their main endorser, cosplayer Alodia Gosengfiao and Anton Del Rosario of the Askals Football Team.
Alter Space is the first Philippine-made Facebook game that aims to educate people on what carbon foot print (CF) is, how people can lower their CF emission and help preserve the Earth’s resources. AboitizPower Corp., one of the country’s leading producers of Cleanergy, its brand of cleaner and renewable energy, had the game developed to encourage people to do their part in protecting the environment.
Social games are a significant draw for social networking site users. A staggering 56 million Facebook users play daily and 290 million play monthly. Up to 265 million Facebook gamers spend 210 minutes playing games. Twenty-percent of these game players even pay cash for in-game benefits. Here in the Philippines, 54 percent of social networking site users cite gaming as the reason they log on and there are currently 18,124,220 Filipinos on Facebook.
The main goal of this new social network game, Alter Space is for players to take care of their own little planet. They need to balance their Happiness, Current-cy (the FB game's term for money) and CF levels while accomplishing tasks. The real challenge for the players is to keep their CF percentage low throughout the game, lest they encounter "disasters" that will harm their planet. This is why making environmentally sound choices is paramount.
"The great thing about Alter Space is that it's not just any typical game that you play. In a creative way, it actually teaches people to be conscious of the carbon footprint they produce, which means changing their habits for the good of the Earth," says the 22-year-old Alodia Gosengfiao, who’s also an artist, model and a TV host at ABS-CBN.
Alodia added, “One thing I notice with children nowadays is that they're very much hooked on games and the Internet. By combining both, Alter Space would be able to better reach out and communicate its message in a fun medium. Especially one that’s also easy for them to understand, inspiring them to apply what they learn to their everyday lives.”
Anton Del Rosario of the Philippine National Football Team, popularly known as ‘Askals’ also shared his insight into this new Facebook game. "I feel that people will like this game because it's like building your own world, and people get attached to these kinds of games. In this game, you're nurturing not just the person, but also their environment."
"Our environment is not in a good state right now, especially with all the pollution around us. We can all feel its effect in our lives. People need to learn how to save energy, how to recycle, and to cut down on the things that aren't unnecessary," says the 29 years old football player who born in the US but still Filipino at heart.
"I think we are not aware of the resources that we waste. For example, we have your air-conditioning and electric fans running almost 'round the clock. I can't say the electric bills are low, but I think that's because we just aren't aware of the adjustments we need to make with our daily habits. Then there's the use of plastics that just becomes litter in the streets and even bodies of water,” he says.
“If we could move towards a greener attitude by making people more aware, then that would have a significant impact on our planet. This game can help make people--not just Filipinos but the rest of the online community as well--live in a way that lessens our negative impact on the environment,” he concludes.
|Photos above shows people from the press trying out AlterSpace, they actually racing to 'level up' since the first one will win a prize. Here's Stephanie from Smart Parenting who won an iPod Touch for winning the challenge :)|
Alter Space is available starting today, February 25.To now more about Alter Space, check out www.facebook.com/alterspacegame.
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 renewable energy in the country with several hydroelectric and geothermal assets in its generation portfolio. The non-renewable portfolio consists of plants throughout the country. The distribution utilities it owns and operates are located in Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao. (www.aboitizpower.com and www.cleanergy.com.ph)