Life Game Project , 28 May 2010

Life Game Project Aims to Make NZ a Better Place to Live


Who's ever played a video game? Who has children who play computer games? Can anyone deny that computer games have a magnetic appeal?


Some observations:


  • Games are compelling, immersive
  • Games are played by hundreds of millions of people around the globe
  • Playing games influences games players in their behaviour and may ultimately influence their life choices.



Led to an idea:


  • Harness the power of games technology to foster the development of life skills and positive lifestyle choices.



A vision:


  • Supporting New Zealand as a place where everyone is safe and loved.



And three action paths:


  • Change existing games, a long term goal, by engaging with developers of existing games
  • Create new games, a medium term goal, by contracting games developers to create games according to our specs.
  • Enable access to selected games, a near-term and local goal, through engaging with local in-need communities.




In the six months since its launch by founders Ian Howard and The Warehouse CIO Owen McCall the Life Game Project has been joined by more than 80 NZ IT people and educationalists and numerous corporate supporters.


The Life Game Project's first achievement is the installation of a suite of PCs at the Rata Vine community house in Wiri, South Auckland, in collaboration with the RaWiri Residents' Association and Housing New Zealand.


At the community house kids, who might otherwise have drifted into substance abuse and crime, will get the chance to play a selection of PC games under the guidance of youth mentors from within the community. While there the kid learn life skills from the games they're playing, they develop PC usage skills, and they actively co-operate, collaborate, compete and support each other during their game play.


The Life Game Project is now on a search to find other communities that it can work with to bring selected computer games into the reach of people who will benefit.


What you can do

  • Visit the website:
  • Become a friend: join the Life Game Project linkedin group.
  • Become a supporter through contributing your time: we need people to do things like liaise with community groups, run projects or provide technical support.
  • Suggest communities who might want to partner with the Life Game Project
  • Call or email somebody and have a chat: Look up the membership list on Linkedin and contact someone you know from the list.
  • Pass it on: please pass this note on to anyone who you think might be interested or want to get involved.


The Life Game Project is a not for profit organisation, subsisting on donations of time, energy and resources from volunteers.


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