Games for Change: Video Games That Make a Difference

8th annual games for a change festivalThe 8th Annual Games for Change Festival is taking place in NYC on June 20-23.

Often referred to as “the Sundance of Video Games,” the Games for Change Annual Festival is the largest gaming event in New York City and the only international event uniting “games for change” creators, the public, civil society, academia, the gaming industry and media. This year’s opening keynote is Vice President Al Gore.

Digital games are widely used and played to address pressing issues, producing sustainable and positive impact on our society. All around the world game designers, thinkers, academics, and more are connecting to discuss games for change and collaborate on future projects.

Founded in 2004, Games for Change is the leading global advocate for supporting and making games for social impact.  They bring together organizations and individuals from the social impact sector, government, media, academia, the gaming industry and the arts to grow the field, incubate new projects and provide an open platform for the exchange of ideas and resources.

So, what games are people playing? Some examples include “Inside the Haiti Earthquake,” “The Garbage Dreams Game,” “An Ocean Interactive” and “World Without Oil.” The game “Guess my Race” presents a quiz to get players thinking critically about race, and diversity. To test drive these games and others, visit:

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