From quiz to serious game: having fun while learning
You do not need a great video game to have fun. You have probably already stumbled upon a news quiz on a major online news site. That is where the gamification of news begins. The forms are very diverse and can take from a few days to a few months to develop.
In its most common form, the gamification of news takes the form of a “serious game” or “news game”. The latter is on the borderline between journalism and video games. One generally plays a character who has an adventure that will last over time. Effort goes into the graphics and design of the game.
A few good examples
- Activate: campaign for an issue of your choice, grow an organisation of friends into a national movement, engage your community and local leaders to raise awareness and support for your cause..
- The Political Machine 2020: lead a campaign to elect the President of the United States.
- Branches of Power: Pick leaders for each branch of government, create a presidential agenda, introduce bills and pass laws out of Congress, apply judicial review to passed laws.