The Engagement Game Lab at Emerson College has developed a series of online games and other challenges to encourage residents to become more involved in community-wide problem solving.
The lab’s group of play-oriented programmers, designers, and researchers see video and computer games as a promising medium for promoting civic involvement and solving problems from neighborhood planning to global warming. Their games are currently being used by community organizers in Massachusetts and health planners in Africa. “If we can produce games that are integrated into civic life, then we can create meaningful platforms to make people feel like they can make a difference,” game lab founder and director Eric Gordon said. Full story for BostonGlobe.com subscribers.