The Garbage Dreams Game Nominated in 2nd Annual Games for Change Awards

Posted on May 13, 2011

The Games For Change Awards recognize excellence in games that address current, pressing social issues.


The Garbage Dreams Game, developed to complement the acclaimed Independent Lens documentary by Mai Iskander, received a nomination in the 2nd Annual Games for Change Awards in the Transmedia category. The awards recognize excellence in “games for change” that address current and pressing social issues and will be presented at the NYU Skirball Center on Wednesday, June 22, and streamed live.

The Garbage Dreams Game explores the issues of recycling and the globalized economy by allowing players to assume the role of the Zaballeen— Arabic for “garbage people” — who have survived for centuries by recycling nearly 80 percent of Cairo’s waste. The game illustrates how  recycling not only makes ecological sense, but economic sense as well. 

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