Press Highlights

Press Highlights

The Rise of the ‘Gaming for Good’ Movement

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The Rise of the ‘Gaming for Good’ Movement

Mid-’90s pundits lamented that kids who played violent video games were destined for lives of crime, but proponents of gaming for change have given this theory a constructive twist. Practicing positive behavior in a game setting, they say, pays real-life dividends. Read more

Saudi Girls Finally Get to Drive, but Only in a Videogame

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Saudi Girls Finally Get to Drive, but Only in a Videogame

But few, if any, videogames can boast developer credentials linked to royalty. “It makes a huge statement,” says Asi Burak, president of Games for Change, a nonprofit that focuses on inspiring social change through videogames. Prince Fahad spoke at the group’s New York gathering in April. Read more

Playing Around at the US Dept. of Ed.’s Games for Learning Summit

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Playing Around at the US Dept. of Ed.’s Games for Learning Summit

“The way to create great games is to start with the assumption that the subject area is awesome,” said Lauri Järvilehto, Rovio’s “Fun Learning Expert” during a panel on his company’s collaboration with NASA on “Angry Birds Space.” This idea was a guiding force at the Games for Learning Summit, co-hosted by the US Department of Education’s Office of Educational Technology and nonprofit, Games for Change. Read more

Festival Uses Power of Video Games to Make Positive Impact

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Festival Uses Power of Video Games to Make Positive Impact

Video games can often take over small or sometimes large chunks of our lives. The annual Games for Change Festival is all about finding new ways to take that power games have over us and turn it into a force for good.
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At the Edward M. Kennedy Institute, students use tablets to game the political system

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At the Edward M. Kennedy Institute, students use tablets to game the political system

At the annual Games for Change Festival in New York, attendees got the opportunity to learn more about the Senate Immersion Module’s one-of-kind immersive experience, relying on a cross-disciplinary, collaborative approach. Read more

The Saudi Prince Improving Gaming for the Middle East

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The Saudi Prince Improving Gaming for the Middle East

Speaking at the Games for Change Festival, Prince Fahad al Saud said he grew up playing video games… but as an Arab, he didn’t always identify with the villains on screen, many of them depicted as Middle Eastern.
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G4C Public Arcade: The Go Game’s Zombies vs. Superheroes

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G4C Public Arcade: The Go Game’s Zombies vs. Superheroes

The 300,000 attendees who came to the G4C Public Arcade at the Tribeca Family Festival Street Fair had to use their braaaaiins to learn basic urban survival skills for facing natural disasters — and the zombie apocalypse! Read more

It’s worth fighting for a diverse, inclusive future of video games, panel says

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It’s worth fighting for a diverse, inclusive future of video games, panel says

Effecting change within one workplace, let alone across an entire industry, is hard. But it starts with one person.
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‘Use entertainment for good’ and make it available to all, says Morgan Spurlock

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‘Use entertainment for good’ and make it available to all, says Morgan Spurlock

Documentary filmmaker Morgan Spurlock has a lot of experience with educating people through entertainment, and he gave a keynote address at Games for Change today to discuss the potential of entertainment to produce activism and effect change. Read more

Spare Times for Children for April 24-30

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Spare Times for Children for April 24-30

At the Games for Change Public Arcade, on Jay Street between Greenwich and Hudson Streets, they can play both video and outdoor games that have a positive educational or social impact. Read more