Energy Efficiency: The Massively Multiplayer Online Game

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Wouldn’t lowering your home energy consumption be easier and more fun if you could compete against your neighbors for bragging rights? At least one Stanford professor thinks so. At a recent climate change conference, Professor Byron Reeves proposed incorporating smart meter data into a MMOG (Massively Multiplayer Online Game). Energy consumption in the real world would be linked to energy consumption in the game, with real-life energy savings reaping game points.

The concept has already attracted attention from the US Department of Energy and local utilities. Finding a game developer is the next step— anyone interested?


Photo Credit: Stanford

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