Video games are not the simple toys past generations thought they were. They have the power to change the world. Visceral action games have the power to entertain and hone your senses, evocative games can elicit strong emotions, and games with a message can even incense players to act.

Games are still a young art form, like movies or comics in their infancies. But as they continue to become more and more popular, new kinds of games are emerging, and they’re challenging players to make the world a better place. And the reality is that any game—even the most unlikely—can change the world. Here’s how.