www.infinitescuba.com | @infinitescuba
Kathie Flood — I run a small indie game studio that helps people explore the world from home.
What do you see as the biggest opportunity in your industry?
The biggest opportunity in the game industry is using this technology for education, to explore and learn about the world with a tiny carbon footprint, and to illustrate STEM/STEAM skills.
What impact will changes in your industry have on consumers? the world?
Virtual and Augmented Reality experiences are just starting to become mainstream, so this is an exciting time to be a game developer. Using game technology to expose people to other environments and cultures around the world will hopefully inspire people to protect the planet and improve political relationships.
What is your biggest goal right now?
Our biggest goal is to get the word out about our game and build a community of players who appreciate virtual travel and learning about the world as they play.
What kind of support or types of people do you need to accelerate your success?
Finding a mass media partner, e.g. BBC, National Geographic, to help us get the word out about our work and make the game available to schools would be ideal. We have awesome partners in the dive industry (e.g. PADI, Be a Diver, SCUBAPRO, Body Glove) and in the environmental world (Dr. Sylvia Earle, Mission Blue, Oceanic Society), so our challenge is to leverage these groups into a cohesive outreach program that can operate on a shoestring. 🙂
We are B Corporation, our social goal is environmental education, and we make the game available free to teachers to use in classrooms.
Thank you so much for listening!
What makes you or your work different from everybody else?
We create video games that are simulations, to enable people to do things that might not be easily accessible to them, like scuba diving in remote locations around the world. In our first release, Infinite Scuba, players explore real dive sites and learn about the wildlife, history, and culture of an area, as well as dive science and environmental issues. Diving is particularly unusual in the game world because you are rewarded for going slowly – it’s a very Zen-like activity.
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