Through case studies, roundtables, lectures and demos, the Games for Change Festival (June 18-20) highlights models for collaboration on game development and distribution, bridging the gap between commercial and issue driven games.
The biggest gaming conference in NY is sure to sell out fast: get your tickets now before ticket sales end June 8!
Catch the following featured keynote speakers: the legendary Nolan Bushnell, “father of the video game industry” and founder of Atari Corporation, leading games for change evangelist Jane McGonigal (Author of the New York Times Best-Seller Reality Is Broken and Chief Creative Officer for SuperBetter Labs), linguist and researcher Dr. James Paul Gee (as presented by the Games for Learning Institute) and a closing program with Lucy Bradshaw (General Manager, Maxis/EA) and Michael D. Gallagher (President/CEO, Entertainment Software Association).
There's even more amazing speakers including Matt Binkowski (SVP, Social Experience with Social@Ogilvy), VALVE's Leslie Redd (Director of Educational Programs), HopeLab’s Richard Tate (VP Communications and Marketing), GameDesk’s Lucien Vattel (Founder and Executive Director), Chris Bell (“WAY,” “Journey”), Ian Bogost (Game-o-Matic), Navid Khonsari (Cinematic Director “Grand Theft Auto,” “Alan Wake”), John Tynes (Lead Game Designer, Microsoft Studios), Joshua Weier (Software Developer, VALVE and Project Lead, Portal 2) and more!
New features include a day-long track, the Federal Games Working Group, which unites federal agencies working in games with game developers. There's also Agitprop Game Design, an evening program curated by NYU Game Center (get tickets here), the Games for Change Awards, Demo Spotlight (for projects in development) and Games for Learning Institute (G4LI) track at Games for Change Festival.
For the full festival program, visit http://gamesforchange.org/festival2012/
Major support of the 9th Annual Games for Change Festival is provided by the AMD Foundation, the Entertainment Software Association Foundation, the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, Microsoft and ESI Design.