G4C Shows Half the Sky Movement: The Game at the UN Youth Assembly

We were very honored to show Half the Sky Movement: The Game at the United Nations, as part of the 12th International Youth Assembly, where around 800 young delegates had gathered from around the world to discuss the UN’s eight Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). We wouldn’t have had this chance to discuss social impact games… Read more »

From Interaction to Impact: 3 Games That Engage Players in 3 Different Ways

  Harmony Institute researches the influence of entertainment. Our organization is founded on the premise that stories are powerful tools for creating social change. We’re interested in finding a meaningful understanding of how films, novels, television shows, and games affect their audiences and the metrics that matter for each medium. More than anecdote or assumption,… Read more »

News from the Games for Change Festival 2013

Games for Change awards the $35,000 prize for the Sex Etc. Game Design Competition to Kaho Abe and Ramsey Nasser for their game, Safe Sex With Friends.  The 10th Anniversary Games for Change Festival kicked off yesterday, and it has been an amazing one so far. Here are some highlights: Sex Etc. Game Design Competition:… Read more »

Half the Sky Game: Lessons Learned (Part 4)

Frima Studio, developer of Half the Sky Movement: The Game Since its debut less than three months ago on March 4, the Half the Sky game has seen more than 780,000 players, who in total have contributed more than $321,400 in donations directly or through sponsors. Players have already unlocked 179,700 free books and $110,500… Read more »

Half the Sky Game: What Went Right and What Went Wrong? (Part 3)

Since its debut six weeks ago on March 4, the Half the Sky game has seen more than 650,000 players, who in total have contributed more than $200,000 in donations directly or through sponsors. Players have already unlocked 104,400 free books and $68,700 worth of life-changing surgeries. While we’re proud of this great success, we… Read more »

Half the Sky Game: What Went Right and What Went Wrong? (Part 2)

Since its debut six weeks ago on March 4, the Half the Sky game has seen more than 580,000 players (!), who in total have contributed more than $175,000 in donations directly or through sponsors. Players have already unlocked 92,000 free books and $61,000 worth of life-changing surgeries. While we’re proud of the meaningful impact… Read more »

Half the Sky Game: What Went Right and What Went Wrong? (Part 1)

Since its debut a little more than a month ago on March 4, the Half the Sky game has seen 500,000 players (!), who in total have contributed more than $160,000 in donations directly or through sponsors. Players have already unlocked 83,000 books and $56,000 worth of life-changing surgeries. While we’re proud of the meaningful… Read more »

Creating a Facebook Game for Good: Part 2, Game Design

In our multi-part interview with Half the Sky Movement: The Game’s developer, Frima Studios, we talk once again with Gabriel Lefebvre, Game Design Director, regarding his thoughts on the game design process.   HalfTheGame: Was the design process for this game particularly difficult? Gabriel: Yes. Let’s be honest here: we’re making an adventure game for Facebook filled… Read more »

“9 Minutes” Mobile Game Evaluation Demonstrates Positive Change for Pregnant Women

We’re excited to share the positive results of a recent evaluation of the mobile phone game, 9 Minutes, that was produced as part of the “Half the Sky Movement”. The game was developed for feature phones commonly used in India and East Africa. Learn more here. 9 Minutes plays out the adventure of pregnancy and rewards… Read more »

Half the Sky Movement: The Game Launches March 4

With the strong support of a coalition of nonprofits and private partners, Half the Sky Movement: The Game will debut next week on Monday March 4 with the aim of empowering women and girls worldwide. Recognized as one of the more ambitious efforts in the games for social change space, it will be the first Facebook game with… Read more »