What The Frack? is a simulation game about hydraulic fracturing (fracking) and its potential impact on the environment and economy. The game encourages students to consider the various factors involved from the perspectives of politicians, energy companies and environmentalists. It is a multiplayer game designed for use in the classroom. Players are prompted with a variety of scenarios and receive opinions from different stakeholders before making decisions. They are also provided with links to articles and are encouraged to research their decisions. At the end of the game, players receive scores for public health, economy and environment, along with a brief description of the outcome that the sum of their decisions produced.
This game was created at Global Game Jam 2013 along with professor Bernie Dodge and programmer Hao Chen. It was also shown in the arcade at the Games For Change conference, where Bernie, Hao and I presented our work.