"Gaming has the opportunity not just to entertain the world, but to change it — and you can be the change." Jayda Murray Since 2004, Games for Change has offered programs and events for people of all ages and backgrounds to explore, learn, and create at the intersection of games and social impact.
The promise and potential of games and new media as spaces of learning, social exchange, and civic engagement among youth will not be realized without a shared public agenda addressing the growing problem of toxicity online. While policies and infrastructures have long been in place to assure safe, public playgrounds for kids in the real world, no such approaches exist for the online playgrounds where young people are spending increasing amounts of time.
Raising Good Gamers implicates us all in developing a response: designers, technologists, activists, researchers, funders, academics, parents, and educators. How might we develop and support gaming communities that cultivate empathetic, compassionate, and civically engaged kids? What might it look like to build youth’s socio-emotional capacities to positively shape the climate of gaming clubs and communities? What role can the design of games, gaming communities, and associated technologies play in mitigating abuse? How do we build the foundations of a healthy community directly into the platforms and communities themselves?
Created by Games for Change and the Connected Learning Lab at UC Irvine, the goal of Raising Good Gamers is to create a sustainable movement that can change the culture of online gaming for everyone.