Launch Party

Decode Global celebrates the launch of our first game, Get Water!

Friends, supporters, and partners met up at Laïka on World Water Day to launch the long awaited game. iPads were passed around the bar. People put down their drinks to try the game, and forgot about them as they became engrossed. Amidst the merry din of food and drink, we interviewed our guests for some of the reasons they support access to universal education and clean water.

Jessia – “I support universal access to clean water because it’s a universal need. No water, no life.”

Julia – “I support universal access to education because everyone deserves to learn, regardless of economic social status.”

Takashi – “I support universal access to clean water because getting clean water is the first step towards making a good beer.”

Will – “I support universal access to education because everyone deserves a chance at improving their life!”

Sarah – “I support universal access to clean water because it is necessary for survival, and survival is a human right.”

It has been a cold spring. Snow continued to fall on the sidewalk. Along Boulevard Saint Laurent, cars and people hurried away from one warm place to another, but we lingered inside the crowded bar. It was the culmination of many months of work, and tomorrow there would be more to do. I wandered around, sipping on my drink, eating celery and carrots and olive grilled cheese sandwiches and teriyaki beef on tiny kebabs. I had a song from A Charlie Brown Christmas stuck in my head.

Somebody called for a group photo of Decode Global. I suddenly remembered a departed friend of ours who had worked on the game. I hoped she was proud of what we had made. The photographer counted down from three. We smiled, the camera clicked.