Theory on gaming and social engagement

Here are two titles on scientific articles that have caught my attention lately.
1/ Political Internet Games: Engaging an audience by Joyce Neys and Jeroen Jansz.

2/ Games for Civic Learning: A Comceptual Framework and Agenda for Research and Design by Chad Raphel et al.

In different ways they show and discus the possible positive impact of digital games on citizens social engagement. Quit interesting.

Engagement Game Lab

I have just discovered the existence of the Engagement Game Lab (EGL). The EGL studies and develops games with the purpose of enhancing civil engagement. EGL developed the award winning game Participatory Chinatown together with the city of Boston. I can only recommend you to check out their website.