Playing 4 Keeps

[P4K] Video Game Designers Tackle Real World Problems 

Adam Phillips, writing for ‘Voice of America - Our World’, reported on the upcoming Global Kids, Playing 4 Keeps game focusing on Haiti, at the Games for Change conference that took place New York City.

An excerpt from his article is below.

The Games 4 Change conference also highlighted ways young people are being empowered to design their own game. At Global Kid's Playing 4 Keeps, an after school program in one New York City high school, students work with professional game designers to create a game based on a global issue of their choice.


Student designers in the afterschool Playing for Keeps program tackled the problems of life for Haiti's poor people in their video game.

[P4K] Business Week Mentions the Playing 4 Keeps Game 

A recent Business Week article mentioned our Playing 4 Keeps game in development, using its earlier title:Four Years in Haiti.

"A tiny handful of activist games are currently sponsored by corporations who recognize that an activist game can be a powerful marketing tool, at a time when social entrepreneurship and corporate philanthropy are making headlines... Microsoft (MSFT) funded another recent activist game, Four Years in Haiti, about poverty-stricken children in the Caribbean country and their struggles to find the resources to go to school. All of these big-brand sponsors benefit from associating themselves with a good cause."

To read the article in full click here.

[P4K] Ayiti in Article Spotlighting Ethical Games 

An article focusing on the development of ethical computer games was posted to the Telegraph.co.uk site and mentioned the P4K game on Haiti. It hightlights games made with 'real life' inspired content that tackle tough but important world issues. New York based, Games for Change, co-founded by Global Kids, was also mentioned within the article.

To read the article in full, click here.

[SL/P4K] Presenting at the Games For Change Conference 

Global Kids had a strong showing at the third annual Games For Change conference, an organization co-founded by Global Kids. Barry, Rafi, Afi, Lori and Zach were all there, as well as two students, Sanji and Theo.

On the first day we didn't step on the podium once but our work was touted on FOUR seperate occassion by other panelists. It was very flattering. At the end of the day, during the game expo, Theo and Sanji did a beautiful job showing off the Alpha of the P4K game and speaking to the press.

On the second day I presented on two panels, about our work in Second Life, the development of the P4K game, and about games and learning. Here is a photo from one of the panels:

[P4K] GK Leader Presents on Prestigious Gaming Panel 

On June 7th, at the Museum of Television and Radio, GK P4K leader DeWayne sat on a panel with noted game and learning theoreticians James Paul Gee (U. of Wisconsin) and Henry Jenkins (M.I.T.).

DeWayne did a beautiful job describing the P4K program, our game Ayiti: the Cost of Life, and how the game is designed to teach a complex message in a fun way.

A transcript of the event is anticipated, so watch this space for more.

[POD] 11. Playing 4 Keeps 

Playing 4 Keeps (audio). This podcast introduces Global Kids' Playing 4 Keeps program, in which youth design and develop serious online games. It includes a look at the upcoming game, which focuses on poverty as an obstacle to education, from a global human rights perspective.


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[P4K] Playing 4 Keeps 

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