Sunday, January 25, 2009

Games for Change

Thanks to Barack Obama, "change" was a word we saw splashed across newspapers, screaming at us from televisions, popping across our computer screens, echoing in our ears and embedded in our minds. And yes, change is essential! Games for Change is a portal that brings "real world games for real world impact".

Via NetSquared :
Games are “growing up”. Like documentary film before them, they are now transitioning from an entertainment-only medium into a vehicle able to engage serious and social-issue content. Game technologies provide an extraordinary opportunity for learning, civic engagement and social change around some of the most pressing issues of our day: poverty, climate change, racial inequities, global conflicts. Games allow players an environment to explore complex issues and their interrelated variables in a way that one-way media such as film and television cannot. “Situated learning” where players learn by interacting with the content has been shown to foster a deeper relationship to the material and a “safe” place to practice new behaviors.

Games for Change (G4C) aims to bring about concrete positive social change in the real world through supporting the emerging field of digital games. These new games not only involve the user in dedicated and sustained engagement in the issues facing them, but they aim to move the users to take their new knowledge one step further: taking action in the real world.
Topics range from human rights to economics, public policy to public health, poverty to environment and global conflict to news and politics.

Games like " A Seat at the Table illustrates the root causes of global poverty and hunger, and let’s you navigate the choices that will determine how much you and your family will eat. Ayiti: The Cost of Life is a game that challenges its players to manage a rural family of five in Haiti over four years and keep them healthy, get them educated, and help them survive.Pictures for truth is a full 3d adventure game where you play a journalist in China. You will take picture and publish article to help about human right related trouble". (link)

View the list of games here and let us know what you think about them.

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