Butterfly World 1.0 is an adventure game that engages players in exploration and education of dry forest ecosystems. Players interact in an immersive virtual world to learn about relationships between butterflies, plants, and invasive species. Unlike other conservation virtual reality experiences, which rely on passive observations, Butterfly World 1.0 provides an active learning environment. We wish to build knowledge, reawaken latent curiosity, and cultivate empathy for insect and ecosystem conservation.
Alban Delamarre: firstname.lastname@example.org | Jaeson Clayborn: email@example.com
Our present and future goals for Butterfly World 1.0
Living room conservation: a virtual way to engage participants in insect conservation
Through interactive gaming, virtual reality applied to butterfly and forest conservation activities can reach a broad audience and initiate a paradigm shift towards coexistence between humans and butterflies under urban settings. Butterfly World 1.0 is a serious game designed to teach players about butterflies and plants in dry forest ecosystems in the Florida Keys (USA). Tasks include butterfly and plant identification and the removal of an invasive ant species. The immersive virtual environment allows players to explore the forest without swarms of mosquitoes and oppressive heat present in the real environment. Rethinking a different way of communicating butterfly conservation and environmental stewardship through gaming, we can reach many who might otherwise remain untouched by traditional education routes. Virtual gaming, designed to educate the player through meaningful tasks and measurable outcomes, presents another avenue for direct knowledge acquisition and passive empathy through direct experiences.
Clayborn J, Delamarre A. 2019. Living room conservation: a virtual way to engage participants in insect conservation. Rethinking Ecology, 4, 31-43.
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Butterfly World 1.0: Desktop Version