It is typically pretty easy to find books and art pieces discussing the matters of environmental justice and human impact on the world at large. However, I think a niche that has yet to be fully tapped into is the use of video games to illustrate the ideas of sustainability and environmental justice. That is why I chose to research what kind of games with this message are available on the market today. There are not many that explicitly showcase this theme, but I did find one that struck a chord with me.
Bee Simulator is an independently-developed game from studio Varsav. Lukaz Rosinski, founder of the company, has stated that he knows video games are used as devices for entertainment fulfillment, but “they have the potential to give us so much more…they are a medium that could be the best link between generations, and the best way to educate players in the most modern and effective way (Bee Simulator, par. 1)”. Bee Simulator plays in third person as, you guessed it, a bee traversing various places in natural settings. This perspective often goes forgotten by many, and it is a welcome change of thought both in the players and developers’ minds alike.
Video of Bee Simulator: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=73flbJSprCc
Source article: https://www.theverge.com/2020/2/13/21135321/video-games-climate-change-beyond-blue-bee-simulator-temtem-endling