Play the City is a dutch city planning initiative by Play the City Foundation. It proposes using multiplayer online gaming as a city planning method. The games are based on real life urban questions and the actual prevailing circumstances are precisely mapped ensuring a realistic scenario. This way not only policy makers, housing corporations, developers and investors but also small and medium scale entrepreneurs and engaged inhabitants, the latter usually not being a part of the city planning process, can evolve collective future scenarios by negotiating, collaborating as well as through conflicting with one another.
As Play the City themselves put it: Imagine if all the energy that is put into games like World of Warcraft, was directed towards recreating the real world around us!
For more information visit the Play the City Website.