During the Expo Night, we will be hosting our first Games for Change (“GaCha”) Awards for the best games for change made over the past few years. The awards ceremony will begin at 6:30pm.
A game for change is a digital game which engages a contemporary social issue to foster a more equitable, just and/or tolerant society. We will be giving out 3 major awards for each of the categories listed below, as well as a number of honorable mentions.
Each of the 3 award categories highlights the important ways in which a game can make an impact on a pressing social issue.
1. Best Awareness-Raising Game - for the game that best raises awareness of an important social issue through engaging and meaningful gameplay coupled with innovative and successful distribution techniques towards a broad reach.
2. Best Transformation Game - for the best game which engages players on a deep and meaningful level around an important social issue, whose aims and outcomes are no less than to foster a powerful intellectual or behavioral transformation in it users.
3. Best Social Commentary/ Art Game for the best game making a statement or provoking new thinking about an important social issue.
The 2007 Games for Change “GaCha” Awards Judges
Heather Chaplin - author of Smart Bomb: The Quest for Art, Entertainment, and Big Bucks in the Videogame Revolution
Nick Fortugno - Co-Founder and CCO of Rebel Monkey
Tracy Fullerton - game designer, educator and writer; Co-Director of the Electronic Arts Game Innovation Lab
John Meyer - Newsweek teen game columnist; Nintendo "Reviewer of the Week" 2006
Nafiza - Global Kids Leader
Karen Sideman - Game Designer and former creative Director of Children's Television Workshop (CTW) Online
Douglas Thomas - Associate Professor in the Annenberg School for Communication at USC; Founding Editor of Games & Culture: A Journal of Interactive Media
Special thanks to Katie Salen of gameLab Institute of Play, and Sam Roberts of SlamDance for their help with the 2007 Games for Change Awards Review Process.
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