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Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Herzing Alum, Abby Friesen, Wins "Best Gameplay"

Abby Friesen, Game Development Alumna and Award Winner

Herzing University – Madison 2011 Game Development alumna, Abby Friese, beat out other nominees to win the title "Best Gameplay" in the 2013 Games for Change Awards with her game, Reach for the Sun. The game focuses on a plant’s lifecycle. A player’s goal is to grow a plant across a season by producing seeds, water, and using the sun to learn about the plant lifecycle.

Friese and her employer, Filament Games, are motivated to make games as a learning tool to help give back to society. Educational and serious games give players the chance to experience things they never would in real life, like in Reach for the Sun.

“I am personally interested in games that touch on non-academic subjects that can help us be better humans. These are difficult to design because they aren’t things you can really test in a classroom or have a right or wrong answer, but I feel they are just as important. It would be a wonderful opportunity to make games that teach how to be a better human, games that give people tools to deal with tough life situations or simply raise awareness on the taboo life topics schools don’t like to discuss,” Friese stated in the Games for Change article.

You can read the full article and see a video of the game in motion at the following links. Congratulations Abby!

Article: http://www.gamesforchange.org/2013/06/awards-nominee-spotlight-reach-for-the-sun/

Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ezAH_WY6a8I

Download the game (STEAM driven): http://store.steampowered.com/app/248290/

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