Gaming The Real World

Can games change the world? Cities are struggling to cope with population growth, but can video games get people, especially the young, involved in planning and fixing their own cities? Public spaces and entire cities are already being designed, planned and played through the medium of games. ‘Civic gamification’ is democratising architecture and urban planning. Three companies navigating the space where urban planning and gaming meet are: Minecraft Cities, Skylines and Block’hood.