Tiltfactor games receive Meaningful Play 2012 awards for Best Digital Game, Best Non-Digital Game

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November 3, 2012 (Hanover, NH)Meaningful Play 2012 has awarded Tiltfactor Best Digital Game for POX: Save the People™ for iPad, Best Non-Digital Game for the party card game Awkward Moment™, and runner-up for Best Non-Digital Game for another Tiltfactor party card game, buffalo™. Each game went through a competitive peer review process for inclusion in Meaningful Play, with awards decided by conference attendees.

“The main goal of all three games Tiltfactor presented at Meaningful Play is to provide players with an experience that is immersive and engaging but, at the same time, capable of inspiring open mindedness toward important, timely social issues like stereotypes and public health,” says Tiltfactor researcher Geoff Kaufman. “The fact that our games stood out among many worthy competitors at the conference is an amazing recognition of their success in achieving that goal!”

About Meaningful Play 2012

Meaningful Play 2012 “is a conference about theory, research, and game design innovations, principles and practices. Meaningful Play brings scholars and industry professionals together to understand and improve upon games to entertain, inform, educate, and persuade in meaningful ways.”

About Tiltfactor:

Tiltfactor (https://tiltfactor.org) is an interdisciplinary innovation team dedicated to designing & studying games for social impact. Tiltfactor uses its unique design methodology, Critical Play, to incorporate fundamental human values and psychological principles to promote learning, attitude change, and behavior change. Tiltfactor investigates the power of story, systems thinking, and empathy to craft powerful experiences that make a difference in people’s lives: by reducing stereotypes and biases, promoting wellness, harnessing new forms of knowledge, and increasing global awareness, Tiltfactor’s approach revolutionizes new technology design for a better world.

POX: Save the People™ for iPad challenges players to stop the spread of a deadly disease in their community. Awkward Moment is a lively party game that puts players in terrifically awkward social situations (3-8 players ages 12 and up). buffalo is a card game of quick wits and zany combinations that requires players to flex their recollection muscles (2-8 players ages 14 and up). Awkward Moment and buffalo were developed as part of a National Science Foundation (NSF) funded project called “Transforming Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) For Women and Girls: Reworking Stereotypes & Bias.” The two-year grant has allowed Tiltfactor to develop a number of game designs with additional assistance from the National Girls Collaborative Project, a nationwide organization that promotes gender equity within STEM fields.


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