Online gamers harnessed to help #disaster #response [#gaming #crowdsourcing #gwap #worldofwarcraft #emergency]

Submitted by Irene on Fri, 2013/08/02 - 10:42

http://www.newscientist.com/article/dn23970-online-gamers-harnessed-to-h...
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Mosur and Meier are working on incorporating such tasks into World of Warcraft. Gamers could choose to help sort through crowd generated images from ongoing disasters, labelling the damage levels they see to give emergency responders an idea of where they are needed - all without leaving the game. Players would receive quests to explore and tag damage in a virtual recreation of the stricken city - as well as slaying some monsters on the side.

"If we want to engage hundreds of millions of gamers in real-world problem-solving, we need to learn how to do it inside existing games, not outside of them. That's why the Internet Response League is such an impressive project," says gaming advocate Jane McGonigal. She adds that it makes more sense to tap into gamers talents within their favourite games rather than trying to convince them to abandon those games for the real world.
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