Indiana Jones or Han Solo? I don't know who I like better. Each is a lovable rogue, one with a penchant for treasure hunting, the other for space-piracy. I'm gonna' have to go with Solo, as his last adventure wasn't as painful as Jones'. Of course, neither exist, being the work of one Harrison Ford - whose brief scene in Bruno is worth the price of admission - and not content with being one of the best actors of his generation, now he's making a videogame for Facebook.
Ford has partnered with upstart Los Angeles-based developers, Talkie, to help design Ectopia, a free-to-play city builder with supposedly "cinematic storytelling", requiring players to "perform real-world green initiatives to earn virtual points for in-game advancement". So not quite the game you were expecting, huh?
Well, actually, it's pretty in keeping with Ford's recent interests. As vice-chairman of Conservation International, he's been campaigning on environmental issues for a while now. And he seems pretty excited for Ectopia, seeing it as "a great way to engage millions of people in our fight to protect our planet by taking action online and in our daily lives". But what exactly do you do in Ectopia? Well, for one, composting. Yes, recycling decomposed matter into renewable energy sources is a key gameplay component. And maybe these so-called "cinematic storytelling" segments concern you dodging oil tycoons and barons to drop your old fruit in a garbage bin? [Eurogamer]