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Fri, May 02, 2008

Play the News Game

Impact Games, the creator of the PeaceMaker game on Middle East conflict, has recently released the beta version of a new online experience entitled Play the News. It looks like a very interesting approach to expanding contextual awareness around conflict and the various perspective differences that can drive it.

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Here’s a good description of the approach taken from the FAQ:

imageWhat is “Play the News”?
An engaging, community driven experience - imagine fantasy sports meets the evening news. Play the News is a web-based platform that brings interactive gaming elements to the online ‘news media’ industry changing the paradigm of news consumption from passive reading to active engagement. The experience is made up of the “game” component, or news games, and the community of participation around them such as commenting, rankings, and many features to come. The profile allows you to build a snapshot of your socio-political profile over time on a range of issues.

What is a news game?
A news game is a short interaction aimed at accomplishing three things. The first is to give you background and context around the headline or event being presented, and to highlight a core issue to be examined. The second is to allow you to role-play and put yourself in the shoes of the different perspectives to voice your opinion on the subject. The last is to give you the chance to test yourself or show how smart you are by predicting what will happen in the real world.

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Posted by: Bill Warters on 2008 05 02 | Filed under Learning Objects  

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