Henry Jenkins, Sandra Day O’Connor Headline Games For Change Festival Next Week

Every gamer’s favorite academic, MIT Professor Henry Jenkins, will be among the presenters at the 5th Annual Games for Change Festival which takes place June 2-4 in New York.

Retired Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor will deliver the festival’s closing keynote. Other speakers include Ben Sawyer of the Serious Games Initiative, Dr. James Paul Gee of Arizona State University, Prof. Ian Bogost of Georgia Tech and Heather Chaplin, co-author of Smartbomb.

From the GFC press release:

The only festival… will explore real-world impact, the latest games and funding strategies… Expert practitioners — academics, activists, non-profits, funders — will be called in to examine the impact of current games, evaluations planned and the ongoing work to build the field.


You will have a chance to see a variety of new games in development first-hand, and at the Games Expo sponsored by Microsoft, festival-goers can play the latest state-of-the-art games.


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    Grendal says:

    You never quite get the same feel from a transcript though, there really isn’t anything like the live speech. I wish some of this stuff would come to Chicago, at least I can drive there.

  2. 0
    Mr. Manguy says:

    Myself as well.

    “A reasonable man adapts himself to suit his environment. An unreasonable man persists in attempting to adapt his environment to suit himself. Therefore, all progress depends on the unreasonable man.” George Bernard Shaw

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    Jack Wessels says:

    "Real world impact?" Why didn’t they ask Thompson to be a speaker? Ya know, get the real story.

    Oh that’s right, he’ll be in Florida getting disbarred.

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