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Social Media Game to Connect Salem's Point Neighborhood

“What’s the Point?” an online community planning game that lets community members electronically interact with one another is coming to the Point.

The following press release was issued by Jason Silva, Chief Administrative Aid to Mayor Kimberley Driscoll:

The City of Salem, the North Shore Community Development Coalition, the Metropolitan Area Planning Council and the Engagement Game Lab at Emerson College are excited to announce the launch of “What’s the Point?” an online community planning game that lets community members electronically interact with one another to contribute ideas towards shaping the future of the Point neighborhood.

Learn more at the planning game's website.

There will be a launch party for the game on Friday, Jan. 25 at 4 p.m. at Orange Leaf Yogurt on Lafayette Street.

Anyone who lives, works, attends school or plays in the Point neighborhood is encouraged to attend and sign up to play the game. In addition to the launch party, North Shore CDC will host game play meet-ups at the Community Room at 104 Lafayette Street on two dates: Thursday Feb. 7 and Thursday, Feb. 14 from 3 to 5 p.m.

“The planning process presents a great opportunity for residents, business owners, and others to actively participate in creating a common vision to strengthen the neighborhood,” said Salem Mayor Kim Driscoll. “The online game is an exciting new way to get involved. It’s wonderful to see how involved the youth have been in developing the game.”

“What’s the Point?” is an online game that engages the public in expressing their vision for the community’s future.

The game was designed by the Engagement Game Lab, a research and development lab at Emerson College.

To play the game, players log into the website and complete a series of timed “missions” which focus on different aspects of neighborhood life, such as living, playing, doing business and getting around.

Participants earn coins for each challenge they complete, and can use these coins to help fund real-world causes in the community.

The input given by the community members playing the game will help inform the planning process.

gene January 16, 2013 at 05:25 PM
I wish my neighborhood recieved half the services and freebies "The Point" does. I can't wait to see how much CPA money flows from our pockets directly into "The Point."
Bill January 16, 2013 at 06:49 PM
My suggestion is demolition, a bulldozer and ICE enforcement
john January 16, 2013 at 10:47 PM
Thanks for nothing Jason Silva,are you a community member of Salem? You live and represent Beverly residents. Sorry to see you go, don't let the door hit you in the ass.
James R. Willis Jr. January 17, 2013 at 08:04 PM
Interesting that what passes for the planning process the city uses in the Point is so haphazard that input from a game played by children "will help inform the planning process." Would any city other than Salem tolerate this?
Bryan Karsis January 17, 2013 at 08:55 PM
Detroit, Michigan, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and Quincy, Massachusetts apparently do. And the Boston Public School system.
Simon Vaughn Markham January 18, 2013 at 12:28 AM
Wow everybody seems to be butthurt about everything and anything that happens in this town.... have any of you people ever had a happy day in your miserable lives? or at least been happy for anyone else since you cant be happy? I'll be the first to write something positive: Cool, a new game for kids to enjoy!!! Good work to the people who are trying to make more fun stuff for kids to keep them away from boredom-induced criminal activity!

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