Last year’s heavy hitters like Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor, Dragon Age: Inquisition, Alien: Isolation, and more led countless award ceremonies with their progressions in storytelling, art direction, visuals, and more, but another organization releasing its “best of” award nominations has revealed its nominees for other criteria: the advancement of art as a tool for education and humanitarian values.
Games for Change, the non-profit organization that serves to highlight games “that serve as critical tools in humanitarian and educational efforts,” revealed its list of nominees for the 2015 award ceremony, with eight nominees listed across three categories (Most Significant Impact, Most Innovative, and Best Gameplay). The full list of nominated titles are below:
- Never Alone by E-Line Media, for Best Gameplay and Most Significant Impact
- This War of Mine by 11 bit Studios, for Best Gameplay
- That’s Your Right by Filament Games, for Best Gameplay
- MindLight by GainPlay Studio and The PlayNice Institute, for Most Significant Impact
- Zoo U by 3C Institute, for Most Significant Impact
- Bounden by Game Oven, for Most Innovative
- Skip A Beat by Happitech, for Most Innovative
- Parable of the Polygons by Nicky Case and Vi Hart, for Most Innovative
The nominated titles for the awards will all be in consideration for Games for Changes’ Game of the Year Award, for the qualifying title to receive the award based on which “best exemplifies all three categories,” according to the organization’s press release on the awards.
In addition to the award nominations, Games for Change also announced that its 2015 nomination for the Game Changer Award will be presented to Tracy Fullerton, director of the USC School of Cinematic Arts and recognizing the honoree’s contributions to “inspire and mentor new generations of game creators and researchers.”
The Games for Change 2015 Award Ceremony will take place on April 22nd, 2015 at the NYU Skirball Center in New York, New York – the Games for Change Festival 2015 will also take place at the Skirball Center from April 21st – 23rd, with tickets for the event on sale now.