firma internet water games

During the course of the project, members of the Firma Team have developed two interactive internet games based on the principles of water management. These games are used as research tools to further understand the principles of water management and decision making processes among stakeholders.

Gone Fishing :

Imagine you are the skipper of a fishing boat, making a living by fishing on Lake Anderson. You have a boat and an initial capital fund. Each time you leave harbour, you may invest in fishing gear. The size of your catch will depend roughly on the amount you invest.

However, it also depends on the number of fish in the lake (which will decrease as you and other fishers catch fish, and increase as the fish breed). The amount of profit you make depends on the size of your catch, the market price of fish, and on your expenses. You will have to pay harbour fees and, of course, fund your investment. You also need to consider conservation - if you and other fishers catch all the fish now, there will be none left to breed for future catches.

....if you think you can manage all these parameters and still get a good catch then you are invited to play the game



The Zurich Internet Water Game :

The Zürich Internet Water Game was designed in order that researchers and stakeholders can use gameplaying to better understand the problems of water management and how they can resolved.

The game was designed specifically for stakeholders to play. Each game player adopts a role involved in water management, these include water utility companies, manufacturers, housing associations and politicians. The game presents each player with many of the real-life demands of water management thereby highlighting the issues affecting decision making.

By analysing how each player responds to these demands and issues we can attempt to advance the management of water.

Unfortunately only stakeholders are being invited to play the game at the current time.


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