Vote for the most impactful title for the Games for Change People’s Choice Award
Video games are more than just an escape or diversion. Many game creators have chosen to use the video game medium to teach, inspire or share a personal story.
Those nuanced works are discussed every year at the Games for Change Festival in New York City. For the second year in a row, Mashablehas partnered with Games for Change to present The Mashable + Games for Change People’s Choice Award, as voted on by you.
Started in 2004, Games for Change invests resources in making socially conscious games more available, by incubating projects and creating and allocating funding for others. Its annual festival also includes an awards ceremony,honoring the most impactful, innovative and fun titles in the field from the previous year.
The Games for Change Awards has three categories voted on by teams of judges: Best Gameplay, Most Significant Impact, Most Innovative and Best Learning Game. It also contains a People’s Choice category for fans to cast their vote, andMashable is partnering with G4C to host the voting.
All nine games, no matter which award they were nominated for, are up for the award. They are listed below:
Block’hood, nominated for BEST GAMEPLAY
Block’hood is a neighborhood-building sandbox game that presents an ecological take on city planning. Celebrating the diversity of cities, the game invites players into a narrative that builds an understanding of resource dependencies and empathy for the neighborhoods we live in.
DragonBox Numbers, nominated for BEST LEARNING GAME
Life is Strange, nominated for BEST GAMEPLAY, MOST SIGNIFICANT IMPACT and MOST INNOVATIVE
Life is Strange is a five-part episodic experience that sets out to revolutionize story-based choice and consequence games by allowing the player to rewind time and affect the past, present, and future. The game handles identity, bullying, suicide, teen pregnancy, love, friendship and everyday dilemmas alongside moments of adventure.
Lumino City (iOS), nominated for MOST INNOVATIVE
Lumino City (iOS) is a game crafted entirely by hand out of paper, card, miniature lights, and motors resulting in the construction of a 10 foot high model city. In this setting weaves an enthralling adventure. Lumi’s grandfather has been kidnapped, and to find him you must embrace sustainable living practices and navigate the mechanisms that power this world.
Mission US: City of Immigrants, nominated for BEST LEARNING GAME
Mission US: City of Immigrants is the 4th in a series of free digital role-playing games made to immerse students in U.S. history. Players assume the role of a Russian Jewish teen who immigrates to NYC in 1907 and joins the growing labor movement.
NOVA’s Evolution Lab, nominated for BEST LEARNING GAME
NOVAs Evolution Lab is a puzzle game and interactive tree of life that challenges players to build phylogenetic trees, complete missions based off of the evidence for evolution, and explore the connections between over 70,000 species.
Legio dos Super Poderes, nominated for MOST SIGNIFICANT IMPACT
Legio dos Super Poderes is a game designed to change kids’ habits by mixing the real and virtual worlds. Children have to eat healthier and practice physical activities to gain superpowers in-game, evolving their heroes and defeating all enemies.
That Dragon, Cancer, nominated for BEST GAMEPLAY and MOST INNOVATIVE
That Dragon, Cancer is an immersive, narrative video game that retells Joel Greens four year fight against cancer through about two hours of poetic, imaginative gameplay that explores themes of faith, hope and love.
Syrian Journey, nominated for MOST SIGNIFICANT IMPACT
Syrian Journey is a digital project that explores the plight of the Syrian refugees. By choosing their own escape route in a newsgame, the audience takes their own personal dramatic and heart-wrenching journey to face dilemmas based on real-life stories.
Use the below form to vote for your choice. Voting will close on June 16 at 11:59 p.m.We ask each person to vote only once; votes found in violation of this will be discarded.
The winner will be announced at the Games for Change Awards on June 23 at the Parsons School of Design.
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