Habitat

privacy policy

TERMS AND CONDITIONS, PRIVACY POLICY AND COOKIE POLICY

These are the terms and conditions of the agreement between Elevator Entertainment Pty Ltd located at Level 1, 5 Queen St, Chippendale, NSW 2008 Australia (“us”) and you and your child.

By using Habitat the Game, you are agreeing to the terms and conditions in this document and also agreeing that your child will follow these terms and conditions. If you do not agree to these terms, neither you nor your child should use the website or app. When the terms refer to ‘you’ they cover both the child playing and their parent or guardian unless the context indicates otherwise.

This is an important document. Please read it carefully before agreeing to its terms. It contains the full terms of the agreement.

What is habitat the game?

Habitat the Game is an online kid’s game.

In our game players adopt a virtual pet and play mini games and do tasks in the real world to keep their animal alive. Throughout the game kids will earn virtual money (which we call ‘Eco Tokens’). With Eco Tokens kids can ‘buy’ virtual treats, toys and special interactive items for their animals. At Habitat the Game we also provide kids with the ability to have limited and controlled communications with their chosen friends, such as seeing one another’s animals and sharing animal behaviours and scores .

What makes Habitat a different game from almost all the other games out there is that player’s real world actions will also be used to gain Habitat points in the game. Players will be able to view their progress relative to their friends. When players undertake real world actions they will earn badges for their efforts . In order to keep these scores players will be asked to answer questions about their ecological footprint and their real life behaviours. Player’s behaviours will be measured across six categories including energy, water, waste, food, transport and stuff.

These results will be put into their own ecological calculators. The aim of this calculator to show how much carbon, water and land the player has saved in connection to their behaviours.

Habitat the Game is a website and phone and tablet app. In this document, when we refer to the ‘Game’ we are referring to all versions of the game and related website.

Players

Only people we recognise as players may use the Game.

In order to become a player and use the Game, you provide us with a user name and password. None of this information can be used to identify the player, but if the password is lost there will be no way to retrieve the game and the player will have to begin again.

Being a player is at our sole discretion, and may be removed at any time for any reason without prior notice. You may stop being a player at any time by notice to us.

Warranties

You warrant to us that all the information you have given us is correct and complete and that you will only give us correct and complete information in the future.

Disclaimers

Your access to the Game is provided on an ‘as available’ basis and we do not warrant that the Game will be available at any particular time.

Intellectual Property

The material published through the Game is copyrighted by us or used under licence and you are given a licence to the extent necessary for you to access the site for your own personal use. You may not republish or communicate the material to the public except as permitted by the Copyright Act 1968 (Cth).

All trademarks, brands and logos on the site including those marked TM or (R) are owned by us or used under licence. You may not use these without permission.

Using the Game

You must use the Game only for legal purposes. You agree not to use the Game to defame, stalk or harass anyone, or to publish unlawful or inappropriate material, or to impersonate anyone. You indemnify us for any loss or claim against us caused by you using the site in breach of these terms.

Links to third party sites

The Game may contain hyperlinks to websites operated by third parties. These websites do not form part of the site and are not under our control. We are not responsible for their content and our linking to them does not constitute an endorsement of them or their contents.

Limitation of liability

We exclude all conditions and warranties that may be implied by law to the extent we may exclude them under law. To the extent permitted by law, our liability for breach of any implied warranty or condition which cannot be excluded is restricted to resupply of the services offered under this agreement.

Can you change the terms of this agreement?

We can change the terms of this agreement, or cancel this agreement, by informing you of the new terms either by publishing them through the Game.

Which laws apply?

This agreement is subject to the laws of New South Wales, Australia and you agree to submit to the jurisdiction of the courts of New South Wales.

If a court decides that any part of this agreement is invalid or unenforceable, then although that part will be removed from the agreement the remaining parts shall remain valid and enforceable.

How do you deal with private information about me?

The privacy of you and your child is very important to us.

When you access the Game, we will not have access to personal information about you.

Sydney University Research

We will be sharing anonymous real world data with the Centre for Research on Computer Supported Learning and Cognition (CoCo).

Throughout the Game players will be asked to submit behaviours and add information to their ecological footprint. We will build an individual’s profile around this data and be able to provide the player with a more personalized experience. CoCo will take this anonymous data. We will not give them any information which identifies individuals.

Coco aims to use the data to look at the behaviour of learners (i.e players) in response to key elements of the design of the game. These will fall broadly into the ways in which the various elements of the tools are used, the way that knowledge is communicated and created, and the social interactions, as well as the interactions between these. This data will be used as part of a larger project that will examine the design of Habitat the Game, the implications for learners, and the effect that this knowledge has on subsequent iterations of the design process.

Research at the University of Sydney is guided by a number of acts and policies, for more information see: http://sydney.edu.au/research_support/ethics/human/legislation.shtml

Cookies

The Habitat the Game website uses cookies. A cookie is a small file which we store on your computer to distinguish you from other users and to help us keep track of when you are accessing the game and what you are doing while you are playing the Game. You may be able to block cookies through your web browser, but this may make Habitat the Game behave incorrectly.

What if I have a complaint?

Your satisfaction is important to us and we welcome your feedback and complaints.

The first step if you have a complaint is to contact us at parent@habitatthegame.com or through the contact details on the website.

If you have a complaint which you feel we have not resolved properly, you may always contact the relevant consumer affairs body for the state you are in. Details of these bodies and the Australian Consumer Law can be found at http://www.consumerlaw.gov.au