If youve ever wondered about the cost of building an affordable housing unit in New York City, you can now learn firsthand the price of maintenance and development courtesy of a new online video game created by the Citizens Housing and Planning Council.

The game is called Inside the Rent, and it lets you play the role of developer, construction foreman and superintendent. The game intends to elucidate how various things like neighborhood location and construction costs affect the price of rent.

The games instructions are straightforward enough and explain how each player is tasked with planning a rental building in New York City that will help to alleviate our chronic housing shortage. It notifies the player that the rent charged for each apartment must sustain the construction and operating costs of the building through the first year.

Read more in Brooklyn Magazine.