Video games for a better tomorrow

One video game immerses the player in the delicate ecosystem where ants struggle to survive. Another demonstrates how to navigate the complex public transit system of Colombia’s capital. And a third challenges players to navigate hazards migrants face as they cross the U.S.-Mexico border.

These are just three games competing for awards in the annual Games for Change Festival in New York City. The annual fest, now in its 11th year, showcases video games that are designed to have a “social impact.”

Here are the eight games competing in categories such as “most significant impact,” “most innovative” and “best gameplay.” The festival runs through Saturday, April 26.

Cristian Salazar