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IBM Releases a Free 3D Multiplayer Game

February 21, 2008

As part of it's TryScience initiative and in conjunction with Engineer's Week 2008, IBM has launched a free multiplayer online game called PowerUp. The game challenges players to help save the planet "Helios" from ecological disaster, and can be played alone or together. It features a planet in near ecological ruin where three exciting missions for solar, wind, and water power must be solved before sandstorms, floods, or SmogGobs thwart the rescue. This cool video explains the details of the game.

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IBM devised the 3D virtual game to engage kids and educators in engineering, energy, and diversity awareness. PowerUp aims to use kids' interest in fantasy virtual worlds to encourage them to learn about engineering. They will also learn about energy conservation by the choices they make in completing their missions. The game also features nonplayer characters that represent a diverse cross section of the population, to be role models to encourage every young person to consider a career in engineering and they act as guides for the game.

Engineer's Week is a coalition of corporations, professional organizations, and government partners to help create interest in the engineering profession with students. IBM is cosponsor of Engineer's Week 2008, which runs until February 23, but events are held throughout the year.

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