United Nations using Minecraft to solve real world problems
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...
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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Kids are the best problem solvers, especially because they keep things simple
interesting and bizarre to say the least
I love this idea!! Using kids and something that kids can easily relate to to give new ideas; this is awesome!
To be honest before reading the article I half expected that in 2 weeks time that Notch would be suing the UN, but now that I've read it I like what they are doing with it
Will this include mine cart rides?
You have a point.
Yeah, unless a war got started over griefing in Minecraft. lol
This sounds pretty awesome. I'm not sure how helpful it will be in the long-run, but it'll be intriguing to see the results from this.
There's gonna be SO many unicorn fountains!
I don't see how this solves anything. All I learned was that the United Nations spends all their time at "work" f***in' around on minecraft.
Unfortunately the people they want to get close to generally don't have the internet or electricity.
So this is why the United Nations doesn't do anything!
I'd be okay with that. That's the best way to get close to the people. :D
The Undugu Playground is nice and all, but has the UN ever considered anti-creeper security measures?
They claim to be solving the worlds problems, but now we know they're just having a big LAN party.