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Josh Shen is one of the only people in the federal government whose job has a lot to do with video games. He’s a foreign service officer in the State Department, and he surfaced this week as a speaker at the Games for Change online event about games that make a social impact in our lives.
You can think of him as a friend of the gaming industry in Washington, D.C.
Previously, our man in D.C. was Mark Loura, who worked in the White House during the Obama administration in 2013 and 2014. This week, Shen gave a talk about how governments can help grow the game industry, and he wasn’t talking about tax breaks or recruiting overseas game companies to create jobs in the U.S.
He is the strategic designer for interactive media and video games in the Bureau of Educational & Cultural…