Video games are a multi-billion dollar industry, but they can do things besides earning giant piles of money and delighting nerds. Games can be used to educate, or raise awareness of social issues, or even give voice to people who never thought they could make a game. The Games For Change Festival is out do do all of those things and more, and it returns to New York this week for the 10th time.
Billed as the largest gaming event in New York, the three-day festival begins today and runs through Wednesday. Attendees can sit in one panels about indie game design, network with other altruistic game designers, or try out some of the games highlighted by the festival, including a play session of Boundaries where teams of players compete by singing into their cellphones.
There will also be a keynote addresses from Michael Jones, co-creator of Google Earth, and “gaming thought leaders” like Leigh Alexander, Jesse Schell, Eric Zimmerman and Brenda Romero.
The event is held at New World Stages 340 West 50th Street (between 8th and 9th Avenues) in New York City. Registration opens at 8:00 each day, but there are a limited number of tickets available at the door. Tickets and more information are available at www.gamesforchange.org. If you can’t make it in person, check back with Explosion.com for our on the scene coverage.