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Three independent games that highlight underrepresented voices win award

Three games won Gaming For Everyone award for 2017 at Independent Games Festival organised by ID@Xbox in San Francisco.

Independent game developers from around the world were gathered at the event to celebrate the talent, beauty, and creativity that exists within the industry.

The purpose of holding the Independent Games Festival was to celebrate underrepresented voices, whether these voices are the players, the characters, or the creators themselves.

The games that won the award are:

  1. We are Chicago by Culture Shock Games
  2. I, Hope by Arconyx
  3. A Hero’s Call by Out of Sight Games

Culture Shock Games has created a game that showcases the harsh realities of growing up on the south side of Chicago.

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The game was created using real stories, putting you into the shoes of a young boy about to graduate high school when his best friend goes missing. While playing through the game, you get new insight into what daily life is like in this community and will come away with a better understanding of that experience.

The developers hope their efforts, and the use of gaming as a medium, will motivate and inspire change, as well as prompt conversation surrounding the issues presented within. Watch for this game to come to Xbox One and Windows 10!

I, Hope is a beautiful coming of age adventure story about a young girl named Hope, whose town has been taken over by Cancer. The game is engaging for all, yet for survivors and children who are currently battling cancer, the game is empowering.
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The developer has truly set out to make a game that kids can play while receiving cancer treatments; something to distract them, but at the same time, put them back in control of their battle.

In addition to this being a great game, the developer is donating all their profits from the game to Game Changer, a wonderful non-profit organization whose mission is to spread hope and love to children staying in hospitals. Watch for this game to come to Xbox One!

The developers of A Hero’s Call grew up loving games, especially epic fantasy RPGs. After losing their sight, these games became impossible for them to play, and they were unable to find any accessible games that fulfilled these desires.

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Thus, they set out to make a game like those they remembered playing; one that would delight blind and sighted gamers alike.

A Hero’s Call is an epic RPG with deep narrative gameplay that is engaging for all.  For sighted gamers, it provides an enlightening glimpse into the creation of accessible games.

The ID@Xbox is a program which enables qualified game developers of all sizes to unleash their creativity by self-publishing digital games on Xbox One and Windows 10 with Xbox Live, giving studios the tools and support needed to maximize their success.

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