An iPhone app that allows user to simulate the oil-exploration process? Yes, it exists: the game is called Gushers, and it’s apparently proven popular, with over 10,000 downloads so far. Now, in what seems like an ironic twist, all sales of the game will go to help with the Deepwater Horizon BP Oil Spill.
The developers of this game–Razorleaf Studios, owned and operated by two college students–apparently don’t see this as ironic, as their game emphasizes “safe oil techniques through various game elements.” We’re not sure what these elements are, exactly, but 100% of profits associated with the Gushers iPhone app will benefit The Gulf Coast Oil Spill Fund, a non-profit organization that is working to provide emergency assistance to fishermen in the Gulf whose livelihoods were affected by the Deepwater Horizon BP Oil Spill. The Fund was established by the Greater New Orleans Foundation in order to direct philanthropic dollars into affected communities both in the short and long term.
Anthony Allen, co-founder of Razorleaf, said, in a statement, “My twin brother Chris and I cannot even imagine the damage caused by the spill and felt that we really needed to do something to help out. Being college students, our funds are relatively limited, but having had developed an oil-themed game, ‘Gushers’, several months before the current oil spill, we decided that the game would be the perfect medium for us to raise funds to help out the Gulf region.”
While the effort to channel funds to those affected by the spill is laudable, one can’t help but speculate that, in the wake of one of the largest environmental disasters on record, it can’t be bad for PR, either. No matter which way you slice it, a game like Gushers makes world-wide oil exploration look like a fun and harmless adventure (never mind the CO2). Here’s another idea for the Allen brothers: an app that simulates clean energy development.