While some might think of young people playing video games in a negative light, the recent Games for Change Festival proves that gaming can have a very positive impact on society. Hosted by non-profit organization Games for Change, the annual festival took place last week at New York City's New School in collaboration with Parsons School of Design.
The Games for Change Festival featured three program tracks: neurogaming & health, civics & social issues and games for learning. The goal of the festival is to provide games, speakers and events that demonstrate how video games and social good are linked, and more specifically to proliferate "the creation and distribution of social impact games that serve as critical tools in humanitarian and educational efforts."
Humanitarian Video Game Festivals
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Disease-Battling Video Games
Socially Aware Video Games
VR Peacekeeping Games
Gaming for Mental Health