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United Nations using Minecraft to solve real world problems

9/7/12 8:00pm

If you have ever played the very popular open world game, Minecraft, then you'll probably know that it's a fantastic tool for creating anything you can imagine. However, the United Nations has taken that idea a step further by using the game as a tool to help solve real world problems.

Developer, Mojang, revealed a program titled: block by block, it's a system that will be working alongside UN Habitat to act as a tool for urban planning. The goal for block by block is to incorporate kids in the design process. Mojang explained...

"By giving them the opportunity to show planners and decision makershow they would like to see their cities in the future."

It's basically, before an area is rebuilt, the local youth can come in and show the builders what they want to see by reconstructing the digital version of the area.

Block by block is currently being used for an assignment, in Nairobi, to help rehabilitate 300 public spaces by 2016. Below is a image compairing the area in Nairobi to the Minecraft version. Take a look!

What ya think g1s? Do you like the idea of videogames being used as tools? Or do you think Minecraft should only be used for mining diamonds? Let me know in the comments section!

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