The 9th Annual Games for Change festival is fast approaching and the first night will be closed out with a panel presented by Games for Change and the NYU Game Center. Titled “Agitprop Game Design,” the panel will look at games as a vehicle of social change and political discussion.

There is a rich tradition of aesthetically and intellectually challenging works in film, literature, theater and other traditional cultural forms that engage directly with political issues from a specific perspective. These works eschew attempts at being neutral or objective in order to advocate strongly for one particular view.

Can game designers take a similar role in public debates? Can games contribute to social change as active participants in political issues? Join us for a panel discussion moderated by Frank Lantz of the NYU Game Center with Paolo Pedercini of Molleindustria and Wafaa Bilal of the NYU Photography & Imaging Department. Together, they will explore these challenging questions in their own work.

The panel begins at 7pm on Monday, June 18 and will be followed by a networking reception. As a part of our collaboration on this panel, the Game Center will be giving out 200 seats for the panel! All you have to do is RSVP here.

If you already have a pass for the festival, you’ve already got a seat at the event, so be sure not to RSVP here, as you’ll only be taking spots away from those who might be unable to attend otherwise. Similarly, if you want to see more of what the Games for Change festival has to offer tickets are still available. You can find more information about the festival and ticketing here.