National Endowment for the Arts Funds Four Games

The U.S. National Endowment for the Arts will fund four games that explore climate change and literature. This will be the first time the NEA funds video games since it changed its policy in May 2011 to include the category.

The first projects to benefit from the change in funding criteria are the ninth Games For Change festival, which will receive a cool $50,000 and the development of an online and mobile game by developer Let's Breakthrough, which has been awarded $75,000. Spelman College also received $100,000 for a project that deals with the issue of climate change, while The University Of Southern California was awarded $40,000 for a Thoreau themed game project.

We'll have more on all these projects as they take shape and become full-fledged games -which we assume – everyone will eventually be able to play.

Source: GamesIndustry International

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