Virtual Scuba Diving

Written by on November 19, 2012 in Technology

Emily Tripp

Scuba divers.

Scuba divers. Photo credit: NOAA.

A new underwater simulation game allows players to explore real dive sites across the globe without the expense of a scuba certification.

Cascade Game Foundry (CGF) recently released Infinite Scuba, a downloadable game where players can take photos, identify fish, visit historical sites, and learn about the science of diving.

“We’re thrilled to bring innovative, reality-based underwater exploration to the gaming world,” said Kathie Flood, Managing Director at CGF.  “By combining the beauty of the undersea world with the science and adventure of real diving, we hope to appeal to scuba divers and experienced simulation gamers, as well as more casual gamers interested in exploring and learning about the world’s oceans.”

CGF announced last Thursday, Nov 15, that they will be working in partnership with the Professional Association of Dive Instructors (PADI) and the Dive Equipment Marketing Association (DEMA) to create the most realistic diving experience possible.  The gear used in the game comes from 20 different dive equipment stores who also have agreements with CGF.

“We are incredibly excited to be working with so many well-respected leaders in the dive industry on Infinite Scuba,” said Flood.  “Their expertise enables us to provide a truly innovative, realistic, and fun diving experience for our players.”

CGF announced on Friday (Nov 16) that they are also working with Mission Blue and The Sylvia Earle Alliance.

“Mission Blue is delighted to partner with Cascade Game Foundry on Infinite Scuba,” said Sylvia Earle, Mission Blue founder and National Geographic Explorer-in-Residence.  “Experiencing the beauty, mystery, and fragility of the ocean in such a hands-on way will inspire the people who play the game to protect our planet’s blue heart.”

Copyright © 2012 by Marine Science Today, a publication of Marine Science Today LLC.

About the Author

About the Author: Emily Tripp is the Publisher and Editor of MarineScienceToday.com. She holds marine science and biology degrees from the University of Miami's Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science and a Master of Advanced Studies degree in Marine Biodiversity and Conservation from Scripps Institution of Oceanography. When she's not writing about marine science, she's probably running around outside or playing with her dog. .

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