In NYC, Teens Game Their Way to a Better World

June 28, 2009 -

Yesterday in the Big Apple, socially-aware teens held the first-ever NYC Youth Media & Technology Festival. The event spotlighted the work of teenagers who create video games and other digital media projects in order to advance social causes.

Organizers expected about 100 attendees for the Festival. The gathering was intended to produce a citywide dialogue about the role of new media and technology in teens' lives and how it can be utilized to promotes issues kids care about.

A group of young designers affiliated with the New York Public Library were scheduled to showcase their designs and conceptualizations for serious video games about subjects like celebrity drug use, media consolidation and genocide.

Meanwhile, teens from the Global Kids Virtual Video Project premiered an animated short film about child sex trafficking in the United States.  Members of MOUSE discussed their efforts to advance technology in New York City public schools by developing open source labs, advocating for the One Laptop Per Child campaign and other efforts.

The invitation-only event was held at the Parsons The New School for Design.

-Doug Buffone, Entertainment Consumers Association intern


Comments

Re: In NYC, Teens Game Their Way to a Better World

Also don't forget that even in Anime and Manga, they do go into allot of themes of social issues and problems.

Not all are about sex and sexuality and how rape is horrible and all those sort of themes.

Even some Anime and Manga and Dating Simulation games have delved into social issues like Cancer (Amusement Park for example) and Amnesia (Rumbling Hearts for example).

With Autism, there is the Manga called With the Light: Raising an Autistic Child (that is the actural name) and there are allot of other social issues that do rise up in that Manga like School Bullying, Workplace Bullying, Domestic Violence, Raising Children while being a single parent, how people who are a bit different are often shunned from society because other people can't understand them. 

 

So many social issues have been in many Japanese Anime, Manga and Dating Sims that it is hard to think why there is so many people in this world who just don't understand Anime, Manga or Japanese Dating Sim games.

 

TBoneTony

Re: In NYC, Teens Game Their Way to a Better World

And so far in Japan, many adult game designers have been doing those very same issues in their games for well over 20 years.

TBoneTony

Re: In NYC, Teens Game Their Way to a Better World

So... what was that bullshit from the Eagle Forum about again? Video game being the cause of all social ills?

Good show, but to them, it won't matter. If they can pretend it never happened, there's little to convince them otherwise. And surely, to them, the bad outweighs the good.

Re: In NYC, Teens Game Their Way to a Better World

I could say the same thing with Jack Thompson (note: John Bruce Thompson from the USA. To anyone in the Baby Boomer Generation I am NOT talking about the other Jack Thompson who is a well respected Australian TV person) , Senator Yee, Keith Vass, Michael Atkinson, a few certain members of the USA congress, the entire Thiland Government, a fair few number of politicians in Germany, all those people who lost their kids in school shootings and still blame Violent Videogames for their kids death, the mothers and fathers who blame videogames for their kids suicide.

To be honest, there is nothing you can do for those who always blame Videogames for everything that they don't understand.

 

All we can do is to be thankful that we as individuals know better.

 

TBoneTony

Re: In NYC, Teens Game Their Way to a Better World

"animated short film about child sex trafficking"? Sounds fun.

Re: In NYC, Teens Game Their Way to a Better World

Sounds allot like a Japanese Hentai film that has been around for a long long time.

And remember, Hentai is the adult name for Anime and Manga for adults only, so in a way they also try to talk about society issues. However the detail they go into often offends other people.

I don't think that a school could ever really do a film that porperly goes into that sort of theme without offending people.

TBoneTony

Re: In NYC, Teens Game Their Way to a Better World

Well, at least no one tried to pull city code violations to shut it down it seems.

Re: In NYC, Teens Game Their Way to a Better World

I feel the same about this too, I sure hope no politician wants to use this as a political vote grabber and want to pull this exhibition down.

Because it is important for people to do things like this, even though not many people would ever understand the issues they are going into.

TBoneTony

Re: In NYC, Teens Game Their Way to a Better World

I know, we can call it "Getting Mirched" :D

 
Forgot your password?
Username :
Password :

Shout box

You're not permitted to post shouts.
Andrew EisenMatt - Yeah, it's how gamers and any group tend to get a bad wrap... by the actions of the worst among them.05/06/2015 - 7:33pm
Wonderkarpok now you are just lieing, Andrew. Talks about yes. Debates? like a clear debate with a moderator? Being interviewed by Stephen Colbert is not a debate05/06/2015 - 7:33pm
Andrew EisenAnd also as I mentioned before, she talks about/debates this stuff all the time.05/06/2015 - 7:32pm
Mattsworknamejust to clarify, feminism got to be viewed in a negative way due to rabid extremists making it look bad. sound familiar?05/06/2015 - 7:31pm
WonderkarpI wish she would. I'd love to see an actual debate over this. even Jack Thompson debated over his crap. I know Milo put up 10k for charity of her choice to debate.05/06/2015 - 7:30pm
Andrew EisenJust because you don't agree with an opinion doesn't make it unreasonable.05/06/2015 - 7:29pm
Andrew EisenEven tempered? Unquestionably. Reasonable? Yes. Debatable? When you look at it from alternate perspectives, of course!05/06/2015 - 7:29pm
Andrew EisenWant to debate that point? Great! Go right ahead! As I said earlier, her commentary and opinions are not beyond reproach.05/06/2015 - 7:28pm
Wonderkarpeventempered maybe. Reasonable? No05/06/2015 - 7:28pm
Wonderkarpits bullshit? its not 1920? Women have run for president? women run big corporations? Women can rape and murder? I can point too a friend of mine who was beaten regularly by his ex wife if you need an example.05/06/2015 - 7:27pm
Andrew EisenShe's sharing her perspective. She's not belligerent. She's not cursing. It's not even aimed at a particular person.05/06/2015 - 7:27pm
Andrew EisenYeah. And?05/06/2015 - 7:24pm
Wonderkarpreasonable eventempered? ""There's no such thing as sexism against men. That's because sexism is prejudice + power. men are dominant gender with power in society".05/06/2015 - 7:20pm
Andrew EisenYes, we did. Before the internet. But fanboy/girl shitstorms over the minutia of pop culture is as old as fandom itself. Fans just have a bigger megaphone now.05/06/2015 - 7:18pm
WonderkarpI agree with mattsworkname. we used to live in a time where a movie or game release didnt ellicit so much hatred.05/06/2015 - 7:17pm
Andrew EisenTwo, as stated, people get upset over filmmakers for all sorts of different reasons. You can't compare reasonable, even-tempered people like Sarkeesian to obnoxious asshats on Twitter.05/06/2015 - 7:17pm
Andrew EisenOne, you're placing WAY too much value on the single instance of the word "quota" in a very long article. Especially when the actual quote and the subsequent sentences handily mitigate it.05/06/2015 - 7:17pm
Wonderkarptwitter that hit Joss Wheden. Regardless of the reasons he abandoned his twitter, people are down right evil to him because of Avengers 205/06/2015 - 7:13pm
Wonderkarpwell its kind of hard when you look at the one article that goes into detail gushing over her 8 things and they use the word "Quota". And really, We've seen what kind of Punishment those who dont follow the 8 rules get. Look at all the crazyness on05/06/2015 - 7:12pm
E. Zachary KnightHardly the type of punishment that accompanies a demands.05/06/2015 - 7:11pm
 

Be Heard - Contact Your Politician