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Tuesday, July 28, 2015

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You’re a structural analyst trying to dodge crumbling buildings, corroded bridges and exploding gas lines.

All you have is the camera around your neck and your trusty flashlight. And the boss—and the rest of the world—are against your mission to slowly repair the town.

Does it sound as though you’ve suddenly been transferred to Detroit? In some ways, it should. But it’s not reality, or at least not entirely.

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Infra, by Loiste Interactive, allows gamers to act as a structural analyst and save a crumbling city from decaing infrastructure and corporate corruption.

It’s a new video game concept called Infra being developed by a Finnish gamer. He got the idea after learning about America’s decaying infrastructure.

America in Mind

“The idea to make an infrastructure-themed game came after I watched the ‘Crumbling America’ documentary about the U.S.A.’s at-the-collapsing-point infrastructure,” said 22-year-old Oskari Samiola, of Loiste Interactive, in a recent CityLab article, “and generally after hearing news about spoiled tap water and seeing roads in poor condition.”

The game isn't as violent as some on the market, but the adrenalin comes from avoiding decaying infrastructure as it crashes to disaster.


As CityLab notes, it’s not as action-packed as some of the more popular games out there. Players won’t find the violence in Infra as they will in other games that dominate the market.

Playing Engineer

In the game, the “protagonist” is a Finnish engineer who has taken a job in a fictional town that once was a flourishing mining center. But corporate greed and disrepair has transformed the town into a living hazard.

As the structural analyst, it’s your job to fix the problems.

Gamers may find the interface remarkably similar to American structural deficiencies, and with good reason. The programmer developed it after learning about decaying infrastructure in the U.S.

The adrenalin rush comes from escaping the collapsing infrastructure and trying to prevent disasters. As an example, CityLab said that the structural analyst at one point has to divert raw sewage from a river and channel it into a treatment plant.

Loiste Interactive already has the go-ahead from the entertainment platform Steam and plans to sell the game for $25. However, the company has not yet set a release date.


Tagged categories: Asia Pacific; Corrosion engineering; EMEA (Europe, Middle East and Africa); Engineers; Infrastructure; Latin America; North America; Program/Project Management; Video

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