Mojang and UN presents: Block by Block


A playground in the Kibera slum of Nairobi, Kenya, turned into a computer game. From mojang.com.

Carl Manneh reports on the work of indie game developers Mojang. This firm developed Minecraft, a successful online sandbox game. The openness of the game’s concept has allowed it to actually be used in real world development applications. For instance, the platform was adapted to create Mina Kvarter (My Blocks, or My Neighborhood), a game that helps people in Sweden, especially youth, get involved in reimagining and rebuilding their neighborhoods. This effort was noticed by UN-Habitat, who then took it to the next level. In this new game, Block by Block, the concept is the same, but with the greater reach of the UN, it can be used in the places in the world that need it the most, such as in slums like Kibera, pictured above. This is a great way to get young people involved in what can otherwise be seem as a fairly drab subject. Turning design into a game makes it more accessible for everyone.

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