There’s Pipe Trouble in Sheridan College (the game, not the plumbing)!

What is that retro-style arcade game in the B wing beside Tim Horton’s? Pipe Trouble is a game produced by Sandbox Productions. The animation is done by a Sheridan grad. You may recognize it from the popular debate it has inspired in Canadian media over the past few weeks for its political message. Pipe Trouble takes a new spin on the old arcade cabinet form of gaming to address real and current issues surrounding the exploitation of natural gas in Canada. The game takes a critical stance on recent plans between Canada and the United States to build a pipeline for transporting tar sands oil southward. Tasked with building their own pipeline, players struggle to balance using the least amount of pipe to make the most money against the impact on local environment and neighbouring farms.  On the right, a gas company rep oversees the budget and pushes to create… Read More

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