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As video games gain prominence, some game creators are turning to global issues, such as poverty alleviation, international diplomacy, and combating climate change, for inspiration. Playing these socially minded games, they argue, allows users to build tangible skills in combating crisis and solving critical problems. But others see the multibillion-dollar gaming industry, dominated by portrayals of crime and war, as a threat that desensitizes its users to violence and encourages anti-social behavior. Will video games soon provide innovative solutions to our most pressing social, political and economic challenges? Or is the impact of gaming overrated and potentially destructive?
For the motion
Professor of Brain and Cognitive Sciences, University of Geneva & Co-Founding Advisor, Akili Interactive
Daphne Bavelier is an internationally-recognized expert on how humans learn. She received a PhD in brain and cognitive sciences from MIT and trained... Read More
Chairman, Games for Change & CEO, Power Play
Asi Burak is a veteran of the videogame and tech industries, and an award-winning executive producer. He is currently the CEO of Power Play and chairman... Read More
Against the motion
Director, Stanford University OCD and Impulse Control Disorders Clinics & Author, Virtually You
Elias Aboujaoude MD, MA, is a psychiatrist and author based at the Stanford University School of Medicine, where he is clinical professor of Psychiatry... Read More
Walter R. Boot
Director, Florida State University Attention and Training Lab
Walter R. Boot is an associate professor of psychology at Florida State University and director of the university’s Attention and Training Lab.... Read More