A friend of mine posted this on Twitter over the weekend. It’s a game created by/sponsored by the Urban Ministries of Durham in Durham, NC (the town closest to Raleigh).
Here’s the description of the game:
We’re going to challenge the way you think about poverty and homelessness.
Work hard. Do the right thing. Homelessness is something that will never happen to me. Sometimes, all it takes is one life-changing experience to land you on the streets: a job loss, death of a loved one, divorce, natural disaster, or serious illness.
Next thing you know, a chain of events sends things spiraling out of control…
How would you cope? Where would you go? What would you do? Figure something out, right?
We invite you to take the challenge…
I played it a couple of times–it’s very, very interesting. I wouldn’t say it was fun, exactly, but it definitely got me thinking. You have to make a lot of tough choices throughout the process. At the same time, it also challenged my view on games and play–is simulating difficult, strenuous life choices really “play”? Anyhow, I hope you play it and that it gets you thinking about how some of the issues we’ve discussed might tie in to this.