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New book chronicles how games are making the world a better place

Power Play is being co-authored by Games for Change chair

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Video games are increasingly being utilized as tools for learning, healing and sharing political ideas. A forthcoming book will seek to chronicle how games are being put to work.

“Power Play: How Video Games Can Save the World“ is due to be released on Jan. 31. Written by Games for Change chairman Asi Burak, along with journalist Laura Parker, it offers various examples of how games are being utilized for good.

These stories include a game that teaches civics to middle school students as well as one that helps children who are undergoing treatment for cancer.

Games for Change is an organization that "facilitates the creation and distribution of social impact games that serve as critical tools in humanitarian and educational efforts" according to its mission statement. It also holds live events, including an annual festival, due to be held this year in New York from July 31 to Aug. 1.

“Power Play: How Video Games Can Save the World is available for pre-order on Amazon.