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Experience Lockdown In-Game

Minecraft has released a new simulation called the Blockdown Simulator to educate users about the effective strategy of staying at home during a pandemic.

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The map was designed by AKQA, a design and innovation company, to support the United Nations Development Programme and Heart17 for #TomorrowTogether. It is available for free on the Java Edition of the game.

The Blockdown Simulator is specifically designed to educate players about the impact of a pandemic, its effects on healthcare services and how various social measures can mitigate it. The player can choose either to act as an observer or more actively as a nurse. There are also three scenarios to choose from – free-for-all, quarantine, and lockdown. The map also has levels – the village where the villagers live and the hospital, which is the underground facility from which players can monitor and cure infected Villagers.

The developers have confirmed that it is an ongoing project and have urged the players to share it to spread awareness.

References – Minecraft

Read about more Educational Content Available On Minecraft!

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Minecraft has been a flagbearer of education and interaction since the beginning, more so during the lockdown. They have also released various educational content for free for kids to learn about various topics. It is an interesting intersection between gaming and education - as it is interactive and entertaining as well.


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