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Participatory Chinatown is a 3-D immersive game designed to be part of the master planning process for Boston's Chinatown. You assume the role of one of 15 virtual residents and you work to complete their assigned quest - finding a job, housing, or place to socialize. But look out! Sometimes language skills, income level, or other circumstances can make your task more challenging. Whatever your experience, you'll then be tasked with considering the future of the neighborhood by walking through and commenting on proposed development sites. Every one of your comments and decisions will be shared with real life decision-makers.

The game can be played either as a multi-player experience where players gather in a physical meeting hall, or as a single-player experience on the web.

Participatory Chinatown won the Games for Change 2011 Direct Impact Award!

We have been extra busy unveiling Participatory Chinatown. On Monday May 3rd, we debuted the game with Chinatown residents at the Chinese Consolidated Benevolent Association and completely packed the house. And on the following Wednesday, we held additional game meetings for industry and city leaders.

We would like to thank the community for its overwhelming support of this project, and will update the site with the information we've gathered from the process as soon as it becomes available.

In the meantime, we invite you to watch this short video to learn more about the goals of Participatory Chinatown as a community process.

Asian Community Development Corporation Metropolitan Area Planning Council Emerson College Muzzy Lane