ETC at Games for Change Festival

At this year’s Game for Change Festival, the ETC student project Ignite will showcase their theatrical game experience, Give Me Your Gun on Friday, June 24 • 3:15pm – 4:00pm.   Give Me Your Gun attempts to bring a game designer’s sensibility of player agency and interactivity into the world of live theater.  The closest thing to a label the team  can conjure for this medium is digitally crowd-sourced theater or Twitch meets the Stage. The game touches on the controversial topic of gun ownership in American, and has the transformational of understanding the motivations and communicating respectfully with people of opposing viewpoints.   Games for Change Festival participants will use their mobile device to direct improvisational actors in this live role-playing game experience and help drive an interactive conversation on gun violence.

Give me your Gun promotional video

Also on Friday, ETC Professor of Practice Jesse Schell will give the keynote speech on the Future of Virtual Reality and Education.  ETC alum (’06) Asi Burak will speak with others in the Increasing Social Impact: Tools to Design Across Sectors.  Alum Ira Fay(’04) will be one of the speakers in Friday’s Live Pitch Event: Climate Change.

In it’s 13th year, The 2016 Games for Change Festival, organized in collaboration with PARSONS SCHOOL OF DESIGN at The New School, offers two days of keynotes, panels, workshops, networking events, and arcades.  Founded in 2004, Games for Change facilitates the creation and distribution of social impact games that serve as critical tools in humanitarian and educational efforts. Games for Change aims to leverage entertainment and engagement for social good. To further grow the field, Games for Change convenes multiple stakeholders, highlights best practices, incubates games, and helps create and direct investment into new projects.


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