Non-Profit iThrive Games Issues an Open Call for Essays and Research Studies to Highlight Positive Contributions of Video Games in Peer Reviewed Well Played Journal

iThrive Games — a non-profit that partners with game developers, researchers and youth organizations to facilitate the positive use of video games to enhance social and emotional skills — is proud to announce a partnership with academic publisher Carnegie Mellon’s ETC Press for a special peer-reviewed issue of Well Played, the analytical video game journal. The two organizations have issued a call for contributors to submit in-depth essays on the various meanings, values and experiences provided by video games in their design and during play. Essays can be empirical or theoretical. Submissions will be curated by a team of highly respected game industry academics from around the United States.

iThrive Games specializes in the promotion of games as tools for emotional and social skill development in growing teens by practicing in-game positive psychology habits, such as growth mindset and empathy. The organization collaborates with game developers, tests games with teens and provides resources to foster teens thriving through gaming. iThrive Games’ vision for this special issue of Well Played is to encourage new scholarship in the area of game design that encourages personal growth and prosocial outcomes for adolescent gamers.

The Well Played journal gives academics and junior faculty a place to share their ideas, theories and analysis of the game industry and its works as a means of advancing knowledge in the field.  Contributors are encouraged to analyze sequences in a game in detail to illustrate and interpret how the various components of a game come together to create a fulfilling play experience unique to this medium.

Well Played journal essay submissions should be sent by September 1, 2017. Peer reviewers will assess all essays through a blind process and notify all authors of their submission status by November 1, 2017. If you have any additional questions, would like to submit an essay, or would like to speak with iThrive Games directly, please contact Heidi McDonald at [email protected]org.

About iThrive Games

iThrive Games is a team of social and emotional learning experts, psychologists and game developers that work to produce meaningful games through collaborations with game studios as well as experts in teen development and positive psychology. The iThrive Games team embraces teens’ love of video games, and explores how great games can empower teens to discover and use their unique strengths, unlock their potential and take charge of their well-being. For more information about iThrive Games, please visit

About ETC Press

The ETC Press is an academic and open-source publishing imprint out of Carnegie Mellon University that distributes its work in print, electronic and digital form. It represents an experiment and an evolution in publishing, bridging virtual and physical media to redefine the future of publication.

Well Played is a forum for in-depth readings of games that parse out the various meanings to be found in the experience of playing them. Contributors are encouraged to analyze sequences in a game in detail to illustrate and interpret how the various components of a game come together to create a fulfilling play experience unique to this medium. Follow Well Played on Twitter at @etcwellplayed to learn more.

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