As video games have evolved over the past few decades, they have begun to reach far beyond the realm of pure entertainment. Like television, radio, or print, video games are also a medium for communication, and game designers can use their titles to teach, inform, and raise awareness about real-world issues.
For instance, there exist a number of "serious games" that help teach players about environmental issues, assist in physical therapy, simulate complex scientific systems, and more.
In fact, there are even a number of organizations that are focused completely on creating and promoting games that support educational or otherwise humanitarian efforts.
Game Career Guide challenged its readers to design a game that encourages positive real-world change.
What follows are the best and most original entries we received. Here are our top picks.
John Anthony Cirilo, Junior Game Designer at Large Animal Games, Killer English (see page 2)
Courtney Schwark, Game Development Student From Herzing University, Madison, WI, A Little Something About Pets (see page 3)
William Rountree, 4th Year Games Design and Production Management Student at University of Abertay, Dundee, reCAPTCHA: The Super Awesome Competitive Social Word Game (see page 4)
Matt Sponholz, Game Development Student From Herzing University, Madison, WI, Step On It! (see page 5)
Ruston Pessoa Coutinho, Game Developer, No Sunburn (see page 6)
Adam Ruef, Game Development Student From Herzing University, Madison, WI, Work Visa Japan (see page 7)