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Join the Movement

Find an awe-inspiring game to play, join a game design team, take an online class, and level up your world-changing skills.

Gameful is the official Secret HQ for world-changing gamers and game developers.

HOW IT WORKS

Gameful is a social network where you can connect with other people who believe in the power of games to make us better and change the world.

It is a free resource — a place for you to:

  • Find world-changing games to play
  • Accept a game design challenge — and win $1000 from the Gameful Fairy
  • Set up a profile sharing your expertise, skills, abilities, and interests
  • Search the network for collaborators and talent
  • Join a Gameful book club and discuss big ideas
  • Spread the word about your new projects
  • Join a Gameful game club and play big ideas
  • Discover new and cutting-edge game research to inspire you
  • Find Gameful meet-ups near you, and at game conferences and festivals
  • Nominate your favorite game, or your own game, for the annual Gameful Awards (in the categories of Reality-Changing, Life-Changing, and World-Changing)

FAQ

Q: Where does the name “gameful” come from?

A: Gameful means to have the spirit, or mindset, of a gamer: someone who is optimistic, curious, motivated, and always up for a tough challenge. It’s like the word “playful” — but gamier.

Q:What is Gameful?

A: Gameful is an online Secret HQ for gamers and game developers who want to help change the world and make our real lives better. Think of it as a cross between a professional network and a creative brainstorming space. The goal is to make it easy for anyone making or playing world-changing games to find collaborators, mentors, jobs, ideas, and funding. And of course, to discover fun new games to play.

Q: Is it really a “secret” HQ?

A: Well, think of all the people out there who have no idea that this kind of world-changing work is happening all around them. We’re secret like that — hiding in plain sight, saving the world, one game at a time.

Q: Who can join?

A: Anyone who is awesome enough to want to make or play games specifically designed to a have a positive impact on the real world, or on our real lives: game designers and developers, game writers and artists, programmers and producers, project managers and marketing experts, reporters and critics, students and researchers, players and playtesters.

Even if you’ve never made a game before, you’re welcome to join Gameful — you’ll surely find people who would love your help with their games… or who would be interested in helping you make YOUR idea a reality!

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