Papers, Please and Gone Home took home awards at the 11th Annual Games for Change Festival today.
Lucas Pope's Papers, Please, a dystopian simulator, won the Most Innovative category, which honors games that excel in creativity and aspire to bring new ideas to games for change. It was a finalist alongside Robin Arnott's SoundSelf and 12 Hit Combo's Súbete al SITP. The game also won the Best Gameplay category, in which it was a finalist with Fullbright Company's Gone Home and Preloaded's Tyrant.
Thirteen, American Social History Project and Electric Funstuff's The Mission US: A Cheyenne Odyssey, a game where players take on the role of a Cheyenne boy in 1866, won the Most Impactful category. It was a finalist alongside Kognito's Start the Talk and Gigantic Mechanic's The Migrant Trail.
The Fullbright Company's Gone Home won the Game of the Year category.
The Games for Change Awards drew 140 game nominations, which were narrowed down to by a panel of experts in game development, media, education and philanthropy.
Full disclosure: News editor Brian Crecente acted as a judge for the Best Gameplay category.