Games for Change 2011: Video Games, Apps & Al Gore

The annual Games for Change festival does precisely what its name implies: It celebrates games designed to encourage social improvement. The three-day festival brings together game developers, nonprofits, businesses, and public leaders to look at the latest developments in socially-conscious gaming. It hones in on the intersection between entertainment and education — an intersection that’s been made all the more compelling thanks to growth in social media and the boundaries traversed by online information sharing.

The festival, which is in its 8th year, will again explore how games can be designed to engage and educate youth in a medium that takes center stage in their lives.

Vice President Al Gore, hot off the heels of launching the interactive climate change app Our Choice, will be delivering the keynote address.

I’ll be reporting from the scene of this year’s event, and will be reporting back with the best games and ideas the designers have put into action so far — each year features the unveiling of new games that seek to inspire a younger generation. Stay tuned.

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About Brian Merchant

Brian Merchant is a founding editor of the Utopianist.. When he's not helming the Utopianist, he is TreeHugger's politics writer, contributes the Getting Samy Out of Burma column to, and freelances for the likes of Salon and Paste. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.

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