Congratulations to the winners of the G4C Awards, especially Walden, A Game, which won Game of the Year and Most Significant Impact! A major thank-you to Overwatch voice actress Anjali Bhimani for emceeing the Awards.
The Awards winners are:
Game of the Year & Most Significant Impact awards
Walden, A Game: Walden, A Game, is a first-person simulation of the life of American philosopher, Henry David Thoreau, during his experiment in self-reliant living at Walden Pond. Players follow in Thoreau’s virtual footsteps, balancing their basic survival needs with a search for the sublime in the small beauties of the woods.
Best Gameplay Award
Tracking Ida: Tracking Ida is an educational ARG inspired by the pioneering journalism of Ida B. Wells and piloted in Watts in 2017. Players learned about Wells’ crusade against lynching by unlocking archives and solving puzzles. Connecting history to the present, they investigated police killings today and learned media making to spread awareness.
Most Innovative Award
Everything: Everything is about the quiet explosion of life going on all around us. It is a simulation of reality where everything you see is a thing you can be, from animals to planets to galaxies and beyond – you can be the Universe or create your own.
Best Learning Game Award
Dragonbox BIG Numbers: Dive into the world of the Nooms and learn big numbers, long addition and subtraction! Players are challenged to think strategically over the course of the game to trade resources and unlock new worlds.
G4C + Mashable People’s Choice Award
At Play in the Cosmos: At Play in the Cosmos puts players in the pilot’s seat, where they journey through space and time in a quest to solve mission challenges. The game helps students build an intuitive understanding of the scale of the universe, the tools astronomers use, and the process of science.
Constance Steinkuehler, professor of informatics at University of California, Irvine, was awarded the Vanguard Award for her contribution to the advancement of games for change.
Lifetime of Play Award
Bernie DeKoven, game designer and author, was awarded Lifetime of Play for his dedication to the conversation around play and games for over 50 years. Watch Bernie’s acceptance speech on YouTube.