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City residents interact with new online game

The city recently launched a new social media planning game for the Point neighborhood. The online game, “What’s the Point,” lets community members electronically interact with one another to contribute ideas towards shaping the future of the Point. The city partnered with the North Shore Community Development Coalition, the Metropolitan Area Planning Council and the Engagement Game Lab at Emerson College on the project. The Point is generally considered the roughly 20-square-block area from Lafayette Street south to the Shetland Mills office complex, and Leavitt Street east to the South River. A launch party was set for last Friday, and North Shore Community Development Coalition will host game-play meet-ups on Feb. 7 and 14 from 3-5 p.m. in the community room at 104 Lafayette St. To play the game, participants will log on to the website, www.communityplanit.org/salempoint  and complete a series of timed “missions” that focus on different aspects of neighborhood life. For each challenge they complete, they earn “coins” that will translate into real money that can be used to help fund causes in the Point. People can start logging onto the site and playing the game on Monday.

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