Why we develop Eco Games
Exhibition image of the computer game "Burn the Boards"; The following text appears: "Now we can finally afford this accommodation. What should we eat today?" The hand of a player is about to choose the answer "Just a small portion".
Game designer Georg Hobmeier in conversation with Dominik Rinnhofer
Thu, August 26, 2021 7 pm – 8 pm CEST, Talk
Language: German

The social importance of ecological topics has not been overlooked by the games industry: although they continue to represent a niche, more and more indie games are dealing with ecology and environmental care. But why is that? What makes computer game developers tackle these issues?

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»Causa Creations« is an independent game development studio consisting of a multidisciplinary team of developers, artists and designers. They understand games not merely as entertaining diversions but aim to create thought-provoking experiences. 

Dominik Rinnhofer – curator of the section »Eco Games« in the exhibition »zkm_gameplay. the next level« – poses the following questions for discussion:

  • What motivates video game developers to address social and environmental issues?
  • How can oppressive and difficult topics such as environmental pollution and flight be treated in games?
  • What should these games trigger in players?
  • How can we understand the trend towards ecological themes in large development studios?


Prof. Dominik Rinnhofer, Professor of Game Design, Macromedia University of Applied Sciences, Stuttgart
Georg Hobmeier, Narrative and Game Designer, Causa Creations

Causa Creations

Causa Creations is a boutique game development studio located in Vienna, Austria. Originally established in 2014, the independent company is currently helmed by Georg Hobmeier, Ben Wahl, Brian Main, and Christian Knapp

Burn the Boards

Burn the Boards is a unique journey into the often clandestine world of electronic waste recycling. You play Arun, who finds work at an electronics scrap yard in Chopras, India.


zkm_gameplay. the next level
The game platform at the ZKM. Discover the new area »level 5: Eco Games«!
The event via livestream
Organization / Institution
ZKM | Center for Art and Media Karlsruhe

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