“I can’t cross the street because of the beef. This game will allow us to see the community we love.”
Raquan Graham, Brownsville resident and Fireflies creator.
Fireflies is a community-based documentary VR game created by and for the residents of Brownville, a neighborhood in Brooklyn that suffers from an ongoing rivalry between public housing developments. In the game, players from both sides of the conflict work together to explore the histories and dreams of the community and its residents, searching for the commonalities amongst the conflicts.
The game is developed by the Brownsville Community Justice Center and the Peoples Culture collective who plan to install it in the lobbies of more than 14 public housing buildings, to nurture conversation on how to heal fractures in the community. They also established the Brownsville Tech Lab as a permanent site and program to train youth in game design, coding, and other crafts of media-making.