Every year, the Games for Change Festival runs an award ceremony for the year’s best games for social impact and learning. Games for Change has just named their 2018 finalists.

The categories for awards are Best Gameplay, Most Innovative, Most Significant Impact, Best Learning Game and Game of the Year. This year’s nominees for Best Gameplay are Giant Sparrow’s What Remains of Edith Finch, Levall Games’ Please Knock on My Door, Deck Nine Games’ Life is Strange: Before the Storm, and Fullbright’s TacomaThe Most Innovative nominees are New Reality Company’s Tree, Ninja Theory’s Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice, The Pixel Hunt’s Bury Me, My Love, and PlayBionic’s MyoBeatz.

The Most Significant Impact nominees are Mukutu Game Studio’s Alpha Beat Cancer, Deck Nine Games’ Life is Strange: Before the Storm, Cologne Game Lab’s Antura and the Letters, and PlayBionic’s MyoBeatz. The Best Learning Game Nominees are Ululab’s Slice Fractions 2, Dee Saigal and Leonie Van Der Linde’s Erase All Kittens, Charles University and Czech Academy of Sciences’ Attentant 1942, and Cologne Game Lab’s Antura and the Letters.

All nominees will be considered for the honor of Game of the Year, which is awarded to “the game that best exemplifies all categories.” Previous winners of this prestigious award include USC Game Innovation Lab’s Walden, a Game in 2017, Dontnod’s Life is Strange in 2016, E-Line Media’s Never Alone in 2015, and The Fullbright Company’s Gone Home in 2014.

Also awarded at this ceremony is the Vanguard Award, which goes to a recipient who has “made a career out of working at the intersection of games, design, and learning.” This year’s Vanguard award will be presented to Katie Salen (University of California, Irvine; Chief Designer and co-founder of Connected Camps and founding Executive Director of Institute of Play) by last year’s Vanguard Award Winner, Constance Steinkuehler (University of California, Irvine).

The Game for Change Festival runs from June 28 through June 30 and is hosted by Parsons School of Design in Manhattan.  The award ceremony takes place on June 28 and begins at 6:30 PM, though its exact location on the New School’s campus has not been posted. The festival’s full schedule can be viewed here.

At this time, tickets to attend one or more days of the festival are still available. If you’re interested in attending the festival, tickets are available here for single day or multi-day packages, with discounts for educators and current students.

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