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Spent: The first online game about homelessness

Doris Yee

Imagine you just lost your job...and now your home. Spent is an immersive online experience that challenges gamers and non-gamers alike to survive poverty and see first-hand that homelessness is just a shortfall away. It's more of an interactive infographic. Through a series of decisions, Spent will visualize how you spend your last $1000.

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  • Cece Chou

    Good attempt. Learned a lot of hard facts from the Game. Can't imagine a life with so many hard decisions. It would be more illustrative if inforgraphics are used to demonstrate the facts.

  • Connie Shen

    Interactive Infographic--this is such a genius idea! It's so easy to overlook how costs add up and how thin the line is from slightly broken to completely broke. The idea of virtually taking you to that line and giving you the opportunity to make decisions that could push over has the potential to raise a lot of much needed awareness.

  • Julianne Sanders

    What a terrific idea - very clever, although I'm wondering about the audience. Perhaps it could also be adapted to be used as an awareness raising tool. I think it would need a very clever marketing and comms plan to ensure its reach.

    • Doris Yee

      I believe it was originally intended to raise awareness - wasn't really meant to be a fun game. It's more of an interactive infographic...purposed to be stressful. It's smart though. Spent has you clicking around and debating for quite a while (a downfall of a lot of these interfaces).

  • Karin Machluf

    This was amazing! I couldn't NOT donate. I cannot believe how stress-inducing this was, and I can only imagine how much worse it can be. Buying winter clothes, household cleaning items, school supplies, birthday gifts, even a simple ice cream cone. Makes you really think.

    • Doris Yee

      Karin! That's amazing you donated. The decisions a lot of us make everyday take only a few seconds. But when you're broke, anything if a game-changer, a life-changer.