Al Gore to Keynote Games For Change Conference

April 25, 2011 -

Former U.S. Vice President and environmental activist Al Gore will deliver the opening keynote at the eighth annual Games for Change Conference. The former Vice President and co-founder of cable television network Current TV will speak about the potential of using accessible games to make a social impact.

"Vice President Gore is a significant global advocate who has effectively used popular media to bring issues of pressing concern to mainstream audiences," said Games for Change co-presidents Asi Burak and Michelle Byrd in a statement.

Other speakers at this year's festival include game designer Jesse Schell, Zynga.org's Laura Hartman, U.S. Department of Education’s James H. Shelton III and Half the Sky co-author Sheryl WuDunn.

The organizers of the event also announced a new Games For Change Awards program for this year's show. The awards will recognize games in categories including Direct Impact, Knight News Game, Learning & Education and Transmedia. Nominees will be announced May 6, prior to an awards ceremony on the last day of the festival, June 22.

This year’s event will also host a Demo Spotlight presentation, with six games chosen for display on the main stage. These games will receive feedback from a panel of expert designers and funders, with the hope of getting some good advice and some financial support.

The Games For Change event takes place June 20 - 22 in at the Skirball Center in New York City.

Source: Serious Games Source


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Re: Al Gore to Keynote Games For Change Conference

 Easy Gore's the man.  Perfect guy to keynote this.

 

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Re: Al Gore to Keynote Games For Change Conference

Palin might have gone away if the Democrats and the media would have left her alone.  David Letterman saying her young teenage daughter is being fucked by Derek Jeter, or saying she's solely responsible for the Arizona shooting isn't exactly conducive to her going away.

Granted, Fox News giving her a job didn't help, either.

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Re: Al Gore to Keynote Games For Change Conference

Can you find an example of a single person who said she was SOLELY responsible for the Tucson shooting?

Re: Al Gore to Keynote Games For Change Conference

As much as I hate Palin and the entire Tea Party movement they were not only not solely responsible for the shooting but not responsible for the shooting in any way shape or form.  The guy was absolutely and totally out of his mind!  The guilty party is insanity.

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Re: Al Gore to Keynote Games For Change Conference

Indeed. The nutters on both sides trying to pin this on the other for political gain were absolutely disgusting.

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Actually Letterman was refering to her older teenage daughter.  It was only Palin who flipped the fuck out without getting her facts straight on the issue.

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Re: Al Gore to Keynote Games For Change Conference

That may have been his intent, but since Bristol wasn't even there, it was Letterman who didn't have HIS facts straight on the issue.

You, being who you are, just won't ever admit that.  Everyone else like you are the people who keep her alive, and you'll apparently never get that, either.

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Re: Al Gore to Keynote Games For Change Conference

I'm fairly sure that he didn't take a headcount of every Palin that was there.  But the joke was, of course, in regards to the older daughter.  The daughter whom has already done the teenage pregnancy thing.  So if you have issue with people sexing teenage Palins then go talk to the baby's father.

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Re: Al Gore to Keynote Games For Change Conference

How could he not have known?  Everyone on the planet knew it was Sarah and her youngest daughter at the baseball game.  Bristol was still in Alaska, IIRC.  The joke was in poor taste, to say the least, and was meant for no purpose other than to take a cheap shot.  That you defend the joke while knowing all of this shows the kind of person you really are.

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Re: Al Gore to Keynote Games For Change Conference

Not everybody keeps that close of tabs on the Palin family.  I know I don't.  I'm fairly sure that he didn't either.  But regardless semantics don't really matter in regards to the joke.  For Palin to assume that he was talking about her youngest daughter when she has three daughters shows what kind of person Palin is.

So don't go assuming what I do or don't know in regards to "defending the joke".  When Obama threw out the first pitch at the world series which of his children were there?  Fuck if I know.

As far as you, you've repeatedly shown what kind of person you are.  So I don't take you seriously anymore.  This is just a lark to me.

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Re: Al Gore to Keynote Games For Change Conference

I dunno Palin is as much a media star/darling than a political one. Shes just too an easy of a target for both positive and negative comments.



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Re: Al Gore to Keynote Games For Change Conference

Agreed, Palin's done to many stupid things to be taken seriously as a politician.

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Re: Al Gore to Keynote Games For Change Conference

Gore needs to learn to stop being a hack and nicely go into obliviousness...like Quayle.....


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Re: Al Gore to Keynote Games For Change Conference

I'm not president of Al Gore's fan club, but what exactly is he doing that you don't think he should be in this case?  He's championing a worthy cause.

I don't like Dick Cheney, but if he were keynoting the conference I'd say good for him.

Re: Al Gore to Keynote Games For Change Conference

Only if he takes Palin with him.

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Re: Al Gore to Keynote Games For Change Conference

How abotu if he takes all polticaions with him!


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Re: Al Gore to Keynote Games For Change Conference

What? no Gore haters yet? I'm surprised.

Re: Al Gore to Keynote Games For Change Conference

Well, according to the likes of Jack Thompson, all we care about is 'gore', so...

 
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ZippyDSMleeEh still rather subjective… the haters would be better off going after teen and beauty rags and magazines than fiction, fiction follows reality and going after fiction tends to turn into a bullying fest’s… plus its fiction its unrealistic to start with….02/27/2015 - 1:10am
MechaTama31That's a pretty difficult anatomy to break.02/26/2015 - 11:09pm
MechaTama31"the way her animations repeatedly break her anatomy" <-- I'm sorry, but we are talking here about the woman who can roll up into a little ball and live to tell the tale, yes? ;)02/26/2015 - 11:09pm
Andrew EisenAs far as examples that could be culled from female game characters though, that one's pretty mild.02/26/2015 - 9:11pm
Andrew EisenNot as much the heels or the suit in and of themselves but certainly the way her animations repeatedly break her anatomy to show off her lady bits.02/26/2015 - 9:10pm
E. Zachary KnightWell, Samus's heels are certainly impracticable, but I wouldn't really call her Zero suit objectified. I don't really feel that the new Lara Croft is objectified either, but that is my subjective opinion.02/26/2015 - 9:08pm
Andrew EisenTomb Raider: No but we haven't seen much of anything yet. Samus: Yes.02/26/2015 - 9:07pm
ZippyDSMleeWould you call the new tomb raider objectified? WOuld Samus Aran from the new Smash bros be objectified?02/26/2015 - 9:02pm
WonderkarpI'm hoping they put the rest of the comic book ghostbusters in there. Ortiz and Rookie(From GB the game)02/26/2015 - 8:38pm
Wonderkarpghostbusters board game is doing great. getting close too a 3rd extra playable Character. Ron Alexander.02/26/2015 - 8:37pm
Andrew EisenSmurfette is not subjective. If there's more than one female character, it's not Smurfette. Anyway, as with everything on the list, Smurfette is, in and of itself, not necessarily a bad thing.02/26/2015 - 8:32pm
Andrew EisenI think there's 5 women (out of 15, I think) but other than one being a bit more "hippy" than the others, they pretty much all have the same body type. Especially when compaired to the huge variety of male body types.02/26/2015 - 8:31pm
Wonderkarpso I dont see Smurfette as a bad thing. Unless like all your female characters are Smurfette. remember the Smurfs also had Sassette02/26/2015 - 8:29pm
E. Zachary KnightOne good example of the larger issues is one Anita used in the presentation, Blizzard's Overwatch game. There are a dozen men in the game with a dozen body types. But there are only 4 women with 2 body types, but 3 of them have the same one.02/26/2015 - 8:28pm
Wonderkarpthe smurfette thing is subjective to how many female characters you have. Take Sonic for example. You have Amy, who is obvious smurfette, but there's several other female characters now without that. Including the original animated seriescomics with Sally02/26/2015 - 8:28pm
E. Zachary KnightAE. Very true. I think that is where I was going, but it didn't come out right. Jack Harkness is sexy but not objectified. Whereas, a women would have to be objectified in order to be "sexy" in most games.02/26/2015 - 8:26pm
E. Zachary KnightAnd as Andrew pointed out, there is a big difference between a sexualized man, and an idealized man. But for some reason, there is no distinction between women in games. For the most part.02/26/2015 - 8:25pm
Andrew EisenI think one of the issues we run into repeatedly with these conversations is the confusion over "sexy" and "sexually objectified."02/26/2015 - 8:24pm
E. Zachary KnightYet, for some reason, in orde rto have a sexualized women, she must be wearing lingerie or a bikini. Can't women be sexual and still dress for the job at hand?02/26/2015 - 8:24pm
E. Zachary KnightThe problem I have with complaints of "sexualized men" is that men don't have to wear speedos to be sexualized. Captain Jack Harkness from Torchwood/Doctor Who, was one sexy man, but he spent 99% of his time in a WW2 soldier's trenchcoat.02/26/2015 - 8:23pm
 

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