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Be a LittleBigPlanet “Game Changer” and Earn up to $50,000

Mark Valledor's Avatar + Posted by Mark Valledor on Jan 13, 2010 // Marketing Manager, SCEA

Calling all LittleBigPlanet CREATORS! Now’s your chance to create fun levels, better the community and be awarded some money – all at the same time.

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A few weeks ago, we teamed up with the MacArthur Foundation, HASTAC, and The Entertainment Software Association with support from our nation’s capital, to host a unique competition to help the youth of America learn more about science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). Now we’re back with more details and looking for members of the LittleBigPlanet community to step up and be a “Game Changer.” If you’re interested, read on and you can earn up to $50,000 and help teach LittleBigPlanet gamers a thing or two about STEM while they play your level(s).

You can head on over to the updated Game Changers Competition details page to get the full download, but in a nutshell:

  • The MacArthur foundation will be accepting submissions for levels / proposals combining an engaging gaming experience with principals of STEM learning.
  • There are 10 different categories, where winning submissions can earn up to $50,000 in production / development grants.
  • Judging will be based on the different categories combined with the potential of level design, with consideration to quality, integration of learning content, playability, fun, aesthetics and more.

The competition registration site will open for submissions on January 15, so make sure to start the thinking about your level designs and ways to integrate the fun of LittleBigPlanet with science, technology, engineering, and math.

For more reference info on HASTAC, The MacArthur Foundation and the Digital Media and Learning Competition, check out the links below:

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+ spunnups on January 13th, 2010 at 2:06 pm said:

I haven’t tried making a level yet, but this may entice me to do so =)


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+ Thrasher20 on January 13th, 2010 at 2:09 pm said:

I also haven’t tried making a level, but I have been playing LBP lately. I’ll make some levels soon


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+ B_E_A_N_R_M_A_N on January 13th, 2010 at 2:11 pm said:

i have made lvls but have not published them but now that prize money entices me (=


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+ KILLA-man-GARO23 on January 13th, 2010 at 2:19 pm said:

do you guys relize how hard it is to make 1 i’v tried and failed ok its hard you got to be really creative ok and make new cars and stuff its hard and it hurts ur head if you want to see my lvls you can just add me


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+ starBlinky01 on January 13th, 2010 at 2:43 pm said:

america only right?


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    + Mark Valledor on January 13th, 2010 at 4:20 pm said:

    Nope. The MacArthur Foundation will accept submissions from anywhere


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+ aschx on January 13th, 2010 at 2:44 pm said:

Sweet, I wanna enter… We can use all of the DLC packs, right? Just making sure. That adds more options for creativity and entertainment.


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+ Elijah1066 on January 13th, 2010 at 2:46 pm said:

will the contest be available to players outside of the US?


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+ Metellica505 on January 13th, 2010 at 2:48 pm said:

Can I automatically win this time


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+ AzixTGO on January 13th, 2010 at 2:54 pm said:

always wonder why 1 huge prize instead of many smaller prizes. You please more ppl with a setup like 1000 for runner ups, 2000 for 2nd and 5000 for first choice or something similar. If thats how this is then excuse me… :p


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+ LittleBigPodcast on January 13th, 2010 at 2:57 pm said:

Can the contest include STEM podcast specials? lol… Better check the rules! :)


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+ sam-morg on January 13th, 2010 at 3:09 pm said:

Is this just America only or can people from other countries join in?


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+ nYcFrEeWiLL82 on January 13th, 2010 at 3:22 pm said:

hey Mm..that CAP would look FANTASTIC with a GOWN..im guessin that would be something in the works huh..it would look pretty kool :p


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+ thecoolfool on January 13th, 2010 at 3:44 pm said:

Education FTW!


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+ TubaDude49 on January 13th, 2010 at 3:46 pm said:

Guys look at it, most of you are missing the point, you need to make something game breakingly logical for the competition.


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+ NEJI64 on January 13th, 2010 at 3:47 pm said:

i would enter but i can’t find a 120gb PS3 anywhere…

When will the new 120gb PS3 shipments be in.


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+ Jeigh on January 13th, 2010 at 4:30 pm said:

This is SO weird! Just the other day I was thinking “You know, I could really use $50,000.”

Unfortunately, I absolutely could not stand the LBP creation system- the nuts, bolts, levers and connecting system just drove me crazy. (Want to detach this from that? Well, then you’re going to have everything else detached too!)


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+ poweredbyzen on January 13th, 2010 at 5:54 pm said:

i’m not sure if this would remove us from seventh place in the rank of nations’ preparedness to benefit from advances in information technology. the legendary Bell Labs where laser and transistor were born and home to many Nobel laureates has been sold to a french firm. there’s also less graduates going for a degree in engineering. maybe if we funded education vs. war, we’d get somewhere.


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+ TSFRJ on January 13th, 2010 at 6:00 pm said:

Standing by and ready to help kids learn :)


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+ BinkyMelnik on January 13th, 2010 at 7:10 pm said:

People, click the links in the post (like to “Game Changers Competition details page” and to “The competition registration site”) so you’ll know what you’re doing. That’s what they’re there for, and you’ll have your answers! Don’t get busy building levels; they’re looking for PROPOSALS for levels!


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+ rubyji on January 13th, 2010 at 8:04 pm said:

Several folks have asked, so let me clearly state that the competition is INTERNATIONAL (as Mark Valledor also said above). It is open to submissions from anywhere on the planet. (Applicants outside the U.S. do need to have institutional backing to legal purposes, though.)

The first phase of the competition closes Jan 22, but it only requires a 300-word description so if you’ve got an idea you should pitch it!


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+ Musoka_Eimin on January 13th, 2010 at 8:12 pm said:

Wow, this is really cool. Makes me wish I had a better grasp on creating, guess theres no time like the now to practice :)


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+ Tommy012345 on January 14th, 2010 at 11:24 am said:

So basically, a School leason converted to a LBP Level?


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