Last week Microsoft grew a conscience

by: Nathan -
I'm not knocking Bill Gates or anyone else affiliated with Microsoft. In fact I almost want to stand up and applaude them. Microsoft Games partnered with Games for Change a organization that focuses on social-issue problem solving through video games. On June 3rd Jeff Bell and Chris Satchell of Microsoft and Suzanne Seggermen the president and co-founder of Games for Change presented six finalists games that had been entered in the Imagine Cup. The imagine cup is a competition set up by Microsoft that encourages innovative game design and over 100 thousand students from more than 100 hundred countries participated this year. It just goes to show that there is still hope for creativity to florish in game design and social awareness.

Sneak Preview of Environmentally-Themed Games from Global Game Development Competition to Take Place in New York City

What: 
On Tuesday, June 3, Microsoft and Games for Change (www.gamesforchange.org) invite you to an exclusive preview of environmentally-themed video games developed by students from around the world.  Last year, the two organizations teamed up to encourage social-issue problem solving through video games by sponsoring a game development competition which challenged competitors to create innovative games dedicated to the theme of a sustainable environment. The global competition launched in August as a new component of Microsoft’s Imagine Cup (http://imaginecup.com/), to more than 100,000 students in more than 100 countries.

The final six games from the contest will be previewed at the 2008 Games for Change Expo (www.gamesforchange.org/conference/2008/expo.php), an evening devoted to the latest trends in socially responsible gaming.

Who:  
Join Jeff Bell and Chris Satchell from Microsoft, as well as Suzanne Seggermen, president and co-founder of Games for Change, as they provide the first look at these innovative, environmentally-themed games and spend some hands on time with them before they head to Paris for the Imagine Cup worldwide finals in July.
 
When: 
Tuesday, June 3, 2008 
6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. (EST)             
 
Where: 
Parsons New School for Design  
Theresa Lang Student Center, 2nd Floor
55 West 13th St.
New York, NY 10011         
 
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