I recently attended the 9th annual Games for Change Festival in NYC. The Games for Change organization is the leading global advocate for supporting and making video games with social impact. The event was attended mostly by game creators, academia, educators, the gaming industry and media.
I will be writing more about this amazing, educational and inspirational conference in future posts, but I wanted to begin by sharing with you the eight video game nominees. The nomination categories were for Knight News Game, Most Significant Impact, Most Innovative, Best Gameplay and Game of the Year.
Free online web game of self-discovery for 14-19 year olds which integrates strategy, puzzles and philosophical questions into a world which explores a range of commonly (or less commonly) held views about death, belief and science.
Family of Heroes
An online virtual environment that prepares families of veterans for PTSD and post-deployment life challenges.
An online game about political deception, players must guess whether statements made by Obama or Romney are fact or fib. Become aware of your bias and increase self reflection.
Two space explorers get separated on another planet that is divided into two, which represents Korea. Kids 7 and up learn through this cute cartoon game.
Web game in which players 11 and up must try to make it through a month with little money and very tough decisions. (Winner Most Significant Impact).
See what it is like to be a new type of soldier, one who bombs foreign nations during the day and then spends nights with the family. Ages 14+ (Winner, Best Gameplay and Knight News Game).
Online collaborative play for ages 14+ in which strangers around the world learn to communicate through puppetry. Download for Mac or PC. (Winner, Most Innovative and Game of the Year).
For ages 9-15 and their Families, Zamzee is an online rewards platform powered by physical activity.
Give these video games a try, and have fun becoming more socially aware while playing. Stay tuned for future posts from the 9th Annual Games for Change festival.