Game Designer’s Brainstormed Ideas Becoming Reality

By Anthony Clark
The Gainesville Sun, Fla.

WWR Article Summary (tl;dr) Meet Lindsey Tropf, an entrepreneur with a focus on education who is making science fun through video games.

The Gainesville Sun, Fla.

Lindsey Tropf has been in the Intel Education Accelerator program in Silicon Valley since August with four other people from her Gainesville company, Immersed Games.

The program mentors startup educational technology companies and puts them in touch with investors.

In a couple weeks, Immersed Games will launch “Tyto Online,” an online video game available for PC and Mac through their website and the Steam online video game site.

After starting the company with a $50,000 Kickstarter campaign and $400,000 from early-stage investors, the idea is to take data about the game’s use to the program’s demo day where startups pitch to venture capitalists.

“We’re making our way in the Valley with investors out here,” Tropf, 30, said by telephone.

Tropf started working on her idea for Immersed Games in 2012, recruited interns and employees, raised funds, and launched a smaller offline version of the game called “Tyto Ecology” earlier this year to make money — it has sold 15,000 digital copies — and prove that they were onto something consumers would enjoy ahead of the full launch.

“It’s kind of mind-blowingly crazy to be able to think about this because ideas I was brainstorming three years ago are now in the game,” she said.

In Tyto Online, the player creates a customized character who is an evacuee from Earth and settles on an alien world to conduct ecosystem experiments involving real and alien plants and animals. Maintain balance and your ecosystem survives and thrives. Out of balance and your ecosystem collapses.

The game teaches real science concepts and includes links to videos and activities, such as a citizens’ science website to figure out what invasive species live around you and what to do about it.

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