Games For Good – An Essential Step Forward

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by Bob Reinhard

As some of you know, I’m a big Extra Credits fan. Mostly because they tend to dig into the deeper side of games, which is something I myself like to do frequently. While they address a lot of apparent issues such as race or sexuality in games and many important developmental lessons for making games, they also raise a lot of fantastic points about things gamers don’t tend to think about or push forward. Things such as different country’s contributions and importance to the game development market and a deeper look at how to approach game making schools.

So it’s no surprise that James from Extra Credits has begun a campaign to shift the discussion of games into a more apparent thing in our society. The best place to start with to understand what I mean is to watch this week’s episode of Extra Credits. It’s six minutes long and very important.

Once you watch that, you’ll understand what I’m talking about. And as such, I’ve wanted to just promote the Games for Good campaign a bit myself for those that haven’t seen it brought up. It’s important for us to spread the word about things like this so that the medium we all indulge in doesn’t fall victim to ignorance or misunderstanding. We’re better than that as a community, and this is a very good step towards showing the rest of the world that very fact.

So, what do we do? Well, we can start by simply heading over to the Games For Good page on Rocket Hub and watching James’ pitch video. If you have a few dollars to spare to help them achieve the financial goal, great. If not, simply spread the word around. Drop links to the page or spread the Extra Credits video around to help some gamers become more aware of the standing games have in our society and how we can improve it both for ourselves and other gamers all over.

If there is one thing I’ve learned from charity work and doing minor PR in the gaming community, it’s that simply putting the word out there is a huge step towards achieving important goals. So here’s my step.

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