New York has a new game in town: Commons. Commons is an iPhone-based mobile game that you can play on your own or in groups. The mission: create a better city. How? By identifying City Tasks that need to be completed and will garner votes by others who also think the particular issue is important.
Grab a friend, take your iPhone, head out to the neighborhood of your choice, log issues you encounter along the way, vote on issues other people have identified, and earn points to become “Mayor,” “City Manager,” “Urban Planner,” or “I <3 NYC.” That’s how it works. At the end of the day, the logged issues are shared with the city’s complaint response system: 311.
Commons was created specifically for the Come Out and Play festival held in New York City this summer. In that purpose, it served as a 2-hour adventure among friends and friends-to-be. The developers, however, envision the game becoming applicable more broadly, much like SeeClickFix but with a competitive twist. It’s also a great way to increase social activity and interactivity with the city.
- Terra Curtis