Games for Change Festival 2015

Games For Change Festival Releases Stats

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The annual Games For Change Festival has put together a neat infographic of stats and figures for this year’s event, which happened in May. Games for Change’s mission is “catalyzing social impact through digital games.”  Its annual conference, the Games for Change Festival, gathers academics, developers, philanthropists, journalists, and others to talk about how games can be leveraged for social good.

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[PODCAST] Gaming With The Moms #6: I’m Gonna Name-Drop Everybody

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Check Out Technology Podcasts at Blog Talk Radio with Gaming With The Moms on BlogTalkRadio

Welcome to episode 6 of Gaming With the Moms! Host and Pixelkin Managing Editor Nicole Tanner leads the conversation about family gaming news. This week we talk about the scourge of Amiibo, gaming across the world, and how games can teach diversity.

You can download the episode here!
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What Parable of the Polygons Can Teach Us About Diversity

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One of the things educational games are best at is giving learners a visual and interactive experience that textbooks and lectures are…well, perhaps not so good at. I always had a difficult time figuring a thing out if I couldn’t see or try it, and so did many of my classmates. Something like angular physics might be easy to make into an interactive project, but there are a lot of complex social issues that don’t lend themselves to interactive teaching. Parable of the Polygons is one example of a game that uses visual interactivity in a really inventive way.
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Gaming News Roundup: A Surprise Win at BAFTA

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A Surprise Win at the BAFTA Game Awards

The BAFTA (British Academy of Film and Television Arts) Game Awards were this Thursday, with Destiny taking the title of best game. It was a move that surprised many, since the game didn’t win any other awards it was nominated for; it was also not as critically acclaimed as some of the other nominees. Minecraft won the award for best family game.

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Octodad: Dadliest Catch is coming to Xbox One and Wii U this summer. The game is a big fan favorite, with players acting as the octopus dad who has to keep his family from finding out his true mollusk nature. Meanwhile, his tentacles don’t quite function like human arms do, and hilarity ensues. Read our Octodad: Dadliest Catch review here.

 

PlayStation Mobile Coming to an End

PlayStation Mobile will stop producing and distributing content in September 2015. PlayStation Mobile was Sony’s attempt to work with Android to bring its content to more devices, but few mobile devices ever supported the effort.

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Blizzard Adds More Diversity to Overwatch

A new Overwatch character named Zarya was announced by Blizzard this week—and she looks pretty cool. Games featuring female characters who aren’t svelte are pretty rare, so it’s exciting to see Blizzard stepping up to plate. Overwatch is a team-based fantasy sci-fi shooter where players can choose from a number of different characters, each with their own special skills and abilities. The game is still in beta.

February Was a Good Month for the 3DS

Nintendo’s 3DS outsold both the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 in February 2015. It’s unusual for a handheld device to do so well, but the with the new and updated version of the 3DS coming out, and the latter two consoles seeing a dip after the holiday season, it makes sense that people are flocking to Nintendo’s handheld.

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7 Best Tweets of GDC

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The 2014 Game Developers Conference (GDC) ended recently, and boy do we wish we could have been there. Thousands of the leading thinkers in game design came together in San Francisco, California to discuss everything from the latest tech to best practices in storytelling. The conference is almost 30 years old now, and for the last few years it’s had something it certainly didn’t have in the 80’s: Twitter! Now everyone can enjoy the great conversations of GDC without needing a ticket and a hotel room. The downside: reading all these tweets makes us even sadder we couldn’t go ourselves.

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