the news is an idea that is taking on many different forms. Casual games
like the iPhone app “Guess the News” to role playing games like “Homeland
Guantanamo” are using news content to create game experiences. News
organizations are experimenting with using game interactions to explain complex
issues like budgets and redistricting. They are also trying to find ways to make an addictive game experience generate repeat visits to sites.
We thought it was time to bring together game designers who are using journalistic content,
journalists interested in the potential of game interactions for engaging
people with news, and scholars who are studying the use of games for delivering
serious content to have an in-depth conversation about the issues and the potential of news gamification.
Welcome to this small gathering of designers, journalists and scholars
for a brainstorming on news games on April 1 - 3 at the University of
Some of the questions we will address: