We are excited to launch Play Southend, an online game to imagine the future of Southend-On-Sea in the UK, tomorrow at the Village Green arts and music festival! Play Southend draws on open participatory techniques to develop a collective vision of the town created by its communities. In the game, players — of all ages and experiences — take on challenges, such as obstacles and prizes, that are entirely created by community members. Players play over time and the world grows through endless drawings.
Designed by lead artists Mary Flanagan and Ruth Catlow, Play Southend is planned as the first in a series of Play Your Place games. Southend was selected as the debut town to create its own collaborative game building adventure due to the associations of public fun attached to its arcades, seafront, and historic pleasure pier.
Play Southend will be permanently accessible to all players with an Internet connection, online, on tablets, and smart phones.
If you’re in the area, come by Village Green 2013, which is happening at Chalkwell Park in Southend from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. If you can’t make it, play the game online!