Winners of the G4C Awards Announced

After months of deliberation, Games for Changed announced its G4C Award winners last night in four categories: Most Innovative, Best Gameplay, Most Significant Impact, and Game of the Year. Without further ado, the winners are: Blindside (Most Innovative) Developer: Epicycle / Platform: Mac, PC, iOS A fully-immersive 3D audio adventure set in a world you’ll… 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 »

Awards Nominee Spotlight: Eskom Energy Planner

In attempts to improve the environment, we do things like recycle and use energy-efficient lightbulbs. But what if our responsibilities in — and impact on — our cities’ environments were far greater? In Eskom Energy Planner, players are given complete control over the electrical infrastructure of a virtual city, putting them in charge of managing… Read more »

Awards Nominee Spotlight: Quandary

Quandary, the latest game by the Learning Games Network, allows players to shape the future of a new society while learning how to recognize ethical issues and deal with challenging situations in their own lives. Designed for players aged aged 8 to 14, Quandary is free-to-play online here. Set in a fantastical science fiction world… Read more »

Awards Nominee Spotlight: The Republia Times

What if there was no such thing as freedom of the press? What would you do if your family was held hostage by a man called “The Great and Honorable Leader” (a dictator who is anything but), and to keep them alive, you had to spread propaganda as widely as possible? The Republia Times emulates these… Read more »

Awards Nominee Spotlight: Blindside

People-eating monsters have taken over the city, and it’s up to you to make it out alive. One catch: you have suddenly become totally blind. BlindSide, a Games for Change Award nominee in the Most Innovative category, gives players the experience of living without sight as they hear their way through a danger-filled city. It is… Read more »

Awards Nominee Spotlight: Jewish Time Jump

Pictured right: A photo of Rose Schneiderman (Photo credit: Library of Congress). Pictured left: The Chronometer Time Machine, mid-time jump (Illustration by Liza Singer). Get ready to put on your reporter’s hat and enter Jewish Time Jump: New York, an interactive story and place-based augmented reality game created to teach players a part of Jewish… Read more »

Awards Nominee Spotlight: Reach for the Sun

While a plant’s life cycle may seem static and slow moving to the human eye, Reach for the Sun transforms the process of understanding how plants grow and photosynthesize into a dynamic and engaging experience. The player’s goal is to grow a plant across a season, span producing as many seeds as possible before winter strikes…. Read more »

Awards Nominee Spotlight: Data Dealer

Data Dealer‘s popularity is spreading like… well, a rising social networking site or rapidly expanding data-mining company! And it’s effectiveness in raising awareness about privacy issues is why it was nominated for Most Significant Impact in the Games for Change Awards. In this online game, players take the role of a shady data dealer who… 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 »