‘Newsgames’ Turns Current Events Into Games
By Charles Q. Choi, TechNewsDaily Contributor, 07 February 2011 11:09 AM ET
Online “newsgames” that borrow from real-life events are helping to educate players about current events in novel ways.
Newsgames essentially transform the news into playable experiences. Just like news, they focus on real people, events and places, and they seek to explain complicated topics in clear ways. Many newsgames are online, requiring only a web browser and an Internet connection to play.
"With newsgames, people are more than just reading the news, they're actively interacting with it," said one newsgame developer, Nicholas Diakopoulos, a computer scientist at Rutgers University in New Jersey.
"They're not going to replace traditional reporting or text or images or video or other forms of media, but they can get readers to engage with information in a different way, and that could make the news more persuasive, or enable learning and insight about news information in a new way."