|"Serious" Games are games that deal with important real-world issues. From health care games to educational games, from games that teach tolerance to games that help patients manage chronic disease, serious games address social problems or model practical real-life situations through play.
At Play of Life sessions attendees will have the chance to demo and play some of these innovative games and interact with some of the leaders in the field.
Tiltfactor: A laboratory that researches, designs, launches, and publishes games that aim to educate, enlighten, and elicit discussion about values and social change. They research and create computer games, board games, card games, and urban games that integrate play with social causes and humanistic themes. The lab is the place to think about the big, important questions about how technology is meaningful, where it is heading, and how it can be improved to contribute to a more just, equitable, and innovative society.
At the Woodstock Digital Media festival, the lab will be demoing games about science, stereotypes, immunization, and other provocative phenomena.
Emergent Media Center: A hub of digital innovation and a pioneer in "serious games." At the Festival EMC will demo and discuss their Ford Foundation game project.
In the summer of 2011, the Emergent Media Center received a Ford Foundation grant in partnership with Yellow Wood Associates to create a web-based game. The game is currently in pre-production with the end goal to allow users to learn how to create value chains that expand livelihood opportunities for low income individuals in regions of persistent poverty. To help the students conceptualize the project, the team attended the 2011 Games for Change festival in New York City. The students are hard at work, having refined their brainstormed ideas, creating a concept, a prototype and are now establishing the foundations of the art, narrative and programming that will go into the game. Additional information about this project will be available as it progresses.