Submit to the Real-world Games for Change Challenge

3 Mar

Think you can bring change to the streets? Submit to the Real-world Games for Change Challenge

The Come Out & Play Festival and Games for Change are excited to announce a joint call for a real-world game that will leave a real and positive impact on New York City.  The game will be featured in this summer’s brand new Come Out & Play Summer Series of street games running in downtown Manhattan.  The game will run Sunday June 19, Father’s Day, in New York City.  The designers will then also have the chance to present their design and findings at the Games for Change Festival which opens the following day, June 20, in New York City and runs through June 22.

As we do each year at Come Out & Play, we’re looking for the most interesting and innovative real-world games we can help showcase to the world.  For the COaP & Games for Change’s first Real-world Games for Change Challenge, we’re looking for a game that will be played out in the real-world, be it on the streets or in a park that leaves the world a slightly better place.  The critical part of your design challenge: include a mechanic that drives players to leave an actual positive change on the area where the game was played.

Enter the challenge by submitting your game below.

Submissions are due by April 15, 2011.

COaP and Games for Change will select one game to fund the designers and help them with developing the game.  The winning designers will receive $5,000 to implement their game idea and have it ready to run for the New York City public on June 19.  (This will be payable half upon selection and the balance on June 19.) The game should be playable in lower Manhattan below Chambers Street.  It should also seek to engage a minimum of 200 people over the duration of the game. We will do our best to help you secure any necessary permissions to run the game.

The constraints:

  • Leave an actual positive change on the area where the game is played
  • Playable in public in New York City anywhere below Chambers Street
  • The game should be designed so that a minimum of 200 individuals can play over the duration of the game.
  • It will be the responsibility of the designer to document (photos or video) the game play so that the game’s design and execution can be shared as part of their presentation during the Games for Change Festival on Tuesday, June 21.
  • Must be able to run Sunday, June 19

About Come Out & Play

Come Out & Play provides a forum for new types of street, mobile and location-based games.  We bring together players eager to explore the world around them, with designers interested in producing innovative new games and experiences.  Oh yeah, and we have city-sized fun.

About Games for Change Festival

Games for Change is the leading global advocate for supporting and making games for social impact. The Games for Change Festival is the largest gaming event in New York City and the only international event uniting “games for change” creators, the public, civil society, academia, the gaming industry and media.  The 8th Annual edition will take place June 20 – 22 at NYU Skirball Center. For more info see www.gamesforchange.orgfestival

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