#hacked is an interactive journalism game that allows players to become journalists who will investigate hackers and viruses during the Syrian cyber war. The objective of the game is to collect as much information as possible in 5 days and remain logical in deciding whether or not to pay hackers for information, go undercover online or even letting interviewees to disguise their identity to keep them safe. Most importantly, complete the series of tasks without getting hacked. All of the scenarios presented in the games are based on real life events.
The game focuses on teaching the 7 new ways to defy aging which are, reprogrammed cells, neural stem-cells transplants, rejuvenated blood, spray-on skin, bioprinted organs, custom-built bones, and anti-aging pills. By learning about these new technologies, players are informed about techniques that can help us remain youthful and healthy.
Many malls in America are now facing trouble of closing down due to the rise of ecommerce stores. The objective of this game is to manage a mall such as collect rents, lowering rental fees for financially troubled stores, keep cyberpunks out of the mall, or complete micro quests such as piercing ears, making sandwiches or blocking frenzied Black Friday shoppers...etc. Play and see if you can maintain the happiness level for everyone who is involved in the business.
Like several other games created by GOP, Angry olds has a satirical tone that reflects the American society. The game adopts the angry birds style format. Instead of overthrowing pigs, players are asked to launch grandpas from a slingshot with the world “VOTE” written along the side, into buildings made of blocks that says gay rights, civil rights, or healthcare...etc. Children are randomly placed on the blocks, and the goal is to make sure all children are cleared and diminished in each level. Once the level is cleared, the screen pops up sarcastic messages such as “back in our day, we didn’t need alliances” or “that’ll teach ‘em to hide behind social justice.”
Bomb The Right Place informs its players that America is viewed as weak and our goal is to bomb the way to respect. The game gives players two options, to seek diplomatic options, which is an immediate game over, or to bomb the assigned city. Players are given one chance to click on the map and drop the bomb. Once you drop the bomb, a screen will pop up and shows how far your bomb is from the actual location of the city. Not only is the game satirical, it can also be a great geography lesson for those who are unfamiliar of those cities’ locations.
Since the EU referendum was announced, the value of Pound(£) has fluctuated dramatically. For this game, players are in the driver's seat of the Brexit bus. The bus visits several events in the campaign timeline which runs from May 2016 to November 2017. The main objective is to get the bus to run without crashing.
Budget game of survival allows players to challenge their budgeting skills. They have three profiles to choose from to begin the game. One is a student, one is a family of three, and the other is a financial executive. They all have different financial background and spending habits, it is the players' duty to help these character budget wisely and help they move through the month with cash to spare.
Build Your Own Trading Bot allows players to set rules for the trading bot. Players are given options of conditions that'll tell the trading bot when to buy and when to sell. Then, the algorithm will run and show the statistics of whether or not the conditions you've set has underperformed or surpassed the S&P 500 average performance.
Candidate Match Game allow players to rate importance of issues that would determine which political party aligns with your point of view. Issues range from jobs, medicare, enviornment, taxation, immigration, to gay marriage...etc. Players are given the opportunity to address their point to views and evaluate which candidate-- Barack Obama or Mitt Romney has more similar views to ours and is more fitted for the role of President of the United States of America.
Chair the Fed is a web game that allows players to be in charge of the monetary policy at a central bank. Their job is to set monetary policy to achieve full employment and low inflation. Throughout the game, players must adjust the Fed fund rates. Either to raise or cut funds. By raising the funds, it will reduce inflation and increase unemployment. On the contrary, when cutting funds, it will increase inflation and decrease unemployment.
Renting apartments can be very stressful and unfair at times, whether it is dealing with roommates, or landlords. Published by Vice, the game has a satirical tone and it emphasizes the unpredictability of renting properties. The game gives players options to move forward in the game by choosing their own fate in the renting journey.
The primary goal of the game is to move up your college ranking, but striking the wrong balance might force players to reject kids who need financial help from the school in order to have a better career in the future. It is known that the price for education is notoriously high in the United States, so how can education be more accessible for lower-income families? The game highlights the problem of education inequality.
Commuter Challenge allows players to experience a day into the lives of individuals who take public transportation regularly. As game players, we're asked to help make decisions for the protagonist to consider other factors in his/her daily routines such as picking up or dropping off children ad budgeting so he isn't late to work and get fired. The goal of the game is to let the public understand how dependent certain people are of the public transportation systems in order to go through their days smoothly. The game fosters engagement and allows game players to empathize with the character.
Could You Be A Cricket Umpire challenges players to be the cricket umpire. There are four levels of difficulties for players to choose from. The game begins by showing videos of a ball thrown at the batsman. The objective of the game is to judge correctly if the ball is in or out. Players get 5 seconds to make this decision.
Cutthroat Capitalism allows players to be a Somali pirate and learn how to be a successful one by capturing ships and negotiating ransoms. The game is based on scenarios of piracy and it presents strategy and finances involved in order to dominate the Port of Eyl.
Delivery Drone is a flying simulation game that asks its players to collect packages while flying a drone. Players must avoid other drones and private properties.
Dodging Trump’s Tariffs is an interactive story that illustrates how businesses are looking for ways to minimize the impact of tariffs on Chinese products. This data-driven interactive story shows factual information on the US-China trade war. The trade tension has hurt American businesses, and they continue to face inconveniences in regards to lessening the impact of tariffs.
Heather Bresch is the CEO of Mylan, a company that supplies EpiPen to the public. The objective of EpiPen Tycoon is for players to find the balance between making EpiPens profitable for the investor while keeping the public outrage at minimal from the prices of the product. EpiPen Tycoon is a clicker game that gives players an overview of how profitable the medical industry can be, but on the contrary what comes with raising the prices for this product can cause unhappy customers. It is all about finding the balance.
The game challenges its players to identify "fake news," defined as stories fabricated for fun, influence or profit, as well as satire, opinion and spin. The development of the game came during a time where this issue became prominent, which was around the time of the 2016 presidential campaign. Fake news are of the fictitiousness that we should learn how to identify and evaluate whether the sources we obtain information from nowadays is trustworthy or not. Universities are drawing more attention to teach media literacy, and Factitious is a great tool that would benefit all game players.
Faith Fighter, a game about religious intolerance received a wide media coverage and heavy criticism due to its use of subject on violence and religion. The game asks the player to pick a religious figure as their player and the goal is to battle and engage in physical violence with other gods from other religions. The irony of Faith Fighter was seen as inappropriate. This shows that sometimes serious matters may not be best addressed in a game setting.
To further clarify the irony that is present in the original Faith Fighter game, Faith Fighter 2 is a game about loving all religions. The makers of the Faith Fighter stated their regrets on using irony to pin-point the hatred that circulates around the world regarding religion. Faith Fighter 2 aims to teach religious tolerance and respect.
Food imports have increased from 2 million shipments in 1997 to 9 million in 2006. The rapid rise of foreign shipments draws a demand for food inspections. Food Import Folly challenges its players to inspect the foreign foods being imported to the country. Different containers contain different food imports such as fish, meat, nuts, vegetables or sweeteners. The objective of the game is to do the job efficiently by inspecting the containers in a timely manner.
Get Bad News challenges its players to spread fake news on Twitter. Whether it is to invent, provoke, exaggerate or intrigue, the goal is to generate more followers.The game rewards players with badges when a new skill is earned. Skills such as triggering emotions in readers, polarizing the general public's opinion on a tweet, or trolling...etc. The game has a satirical tone to it. We know that fake news should be something we avoid but we can't help but draw attention to them.
The frustration of getting the tax returns is shown through the game. According to Forbes, President Trump has been refusing to reveal his finances since taking office and have been delaying tax returns. So far, Trump has successfully delayed returns by suing to block subpoenas from congressional Democrats and state lawmakers.
The game asks its players sell as many guns as possible as being the owner of a gun shop. The only thing to be mindful of is to make sure you don’t sell guns to bad guys. As a satirical piece, the game addresses the problem of gun control and reflects the reality of how easy it is to obtain guns in the US.
Hothead Zidane criticizes the aggression of Zinedine Zidane during the 2006 World Cup in Germany. Editorial in nature, the game addresses the hot-tempered headbutting attack that Zidane made that caused him his reputation. In the game, the goal is to hit all the clones of the Italian players. Once there are enough foul plays recorded, the referee will expel Zidane from the game. Therefore, losing the opportunity to win the World Cup.
In today's world, autonomous vehicles are on a rise. There are 1,400 self-driving cars being tested in 36 States and districts. Some deliver groceries, some act as taxis. People are now adapting to the changing tech climate. Self-driving cars promise to get passengers from point A to B. However, self-driving cars still have their limits, such as accurately detecting pedestrians or moving objects. The game invites players to be the back-up driver of an autonomous car and see how well they can get through a series of obstacles on the road.
How Y’all, Youse and You Guys Talk is a quiz that displays the diversity of American regional dialects. Composed of 25 questions, the quiz is based on data collected from over 350,000 survey responses. Once you answer a question in the quiz, a heat map of the US will show regions where your answer is most similar or least similar to. After answering all of the questions, the map will locate 3 cities where your lingo is prominent.
With most of the game’s narrative stated in the opening page, Steve Inskeep, a host from NPR has gone missing and is in danger. It is the players job to take this “Inskeep’s Quest,” an audio-driven quiz that will help save him. The questions in the quiz are delivered in the audio format. Players must listen to the news content presented and identify the year that the event took place. With a total of 4 questions, speed and accuracy in answering the questions will help players achieve Inskeep’s Quest.
The Kentucky Derby Quiz tests the players on Kentucky Derby and its traditions. There are ten questions in total. After completing them, the game will show a message to tell players if they are qualified on the Kentucky Derby field.
The goal of Madrid is to pay homage to the victims of the Madrid terrorist attack. The game reaches the emotional side of the story and encourage players to keep the candles lit at all times. The emotional aspect isn't usually present in newsgames and Madrid exemplifies this by allowing players to interact.
MTA Country highlights the problematic subway system in New York and an individual who has made a tremendous difference by participating in a campaign called ““If you see something, say something” in 2016. Gregg Turkin, a.k.a Gregg T. is the face of the campaign that encourages New Yorkers to report suspicious activity in order to keep citizens safe. The ubiquity of the posters with Gregg’s face on them have turned Gregg into a New York celebrity where every one of his public appearances is worth tweeting about or make a meme out of. The game asks its players to ride the subway while avoiding stalled cars, track fires and pizza rats. The goal is to collect secret letters that will unlock the way to fix the subway system for good.
Ryan North is a Canadian writer who just published his new book Romeo and/or Juliet. Players are invited to play a choose your own interview game with the author. The goal of the game is to read and learn more about Ryan North and his work. Written in his distinctive writing style, the game allows players to be immersed in the scene.
Order! Order! Could You Be A Speaker is a short quiz that challenges players to judge the right or wrong scenarios being shown. Once you answer, the screen will reveal the right answer. It will also display data percentage on how much of readers got it correct, providing players an understanding of rules inside the House of Commons.
College is expensive. Paying for 4 years of it may require some students to take out student loans to complete their education. Therefore, learning how to budget is important because every penny spent is every penny needing a payback. Learning how to make wise decisions on food, transportation, housing, or purchasing class materials is essential in the success of not only on the academic front but the financial aspect as well.
The game shows a monthly cycle of the low-income worker. We are asked to help him make decisions on his spending. Spendings such as rent, car insurance, health insurance, and daily expenses, players are asked to make wise choices that will help him budget his spending while allowing some room for savings and remain employed.However, it is extremely difficult for a low-income worker to make ends meet. Once player has gone through the month, the game shows how much money is left is his bank account and reveals that rent is due the next day. The end of the game, there is a button that links to a donation page that gives players the opportunity to give $10 to those in need.
Under the merit based evaluation proposed by the McCain-Kennedy immigration legislation, awarding green cards and worker visas would not be based on individual achievement but on a standardized system. The game examines the behavior of the merit based evaluation and allows player to get a sense of bureaucracy involved.
The game allows your character to take a customized path of crossing the Berlin Wall, with different a/b/c answers for each person you negotiate with, or a strategic decision you make. It is a “create your own story” game with different potential outcomes depending on what you choose to do, such as fight someone, be friendly to someone, negotiate or barter something to pass a certain point, etc. The game also provides a lot of facts during the gameplay, percentages of how many people made it across certain ways, how many people were killed in the process.
Science Fighter illustrates the idea of the anti-scientific rhetoric that the Republicans follows. According to Pew Research, Democrats have a higher scientific literacy than Republicans. Among Democrats, 75 percent of those with higher scientific literacy agree with climate change causes rising sea level, and 73 percent agreed that wildlife will suffer. On the other hand, only 27 percent of Republicans voters who supposedly have “high” scientific literacy rate, believe that climate change causes rising sea level. The game pokes fun at Republicans on their ignorance and their lack of scientific comprehension.
Published by Superinteressante, Science Kombat stars eight scientific geniuses: Albert Einstein, Charles Darwin, Nikola Tesla, Isaac Newton, Stephen Hawking, Pythagoras, Marie Curie and Alan Turing. Each character has their own special moves in fighting their opponents that highlights their own scientific discoveries. For example, Einstein bolts through time and space, Newton strikes fearful gravity, Hawking teleports through wormholes, and Curie engages her opponents with Radium attacks. The purpose of Science Kombat is not to educate scientific theories but rather allowing players to find entertainment in a classic fighting game while exploring each of the scientist’s discovery.
Published by The Guardian, Spot the Ball invites players to look at images and ask them to guess where the ball might be. The first image you will see is the original image that has photoshopped out the ball and ask players to guess where the location of the ball might be. Then they are shown the second image in which the ball has not been photoshopped out.
A tribute to Final Fantasy 7, this game is based off of interviews with 35 individuals who were associated with the game's development team. After months of research and surveying, Final Fantasy 7— an oral history was published. Square off: A Final Fantasy 7- inspired trivia game used those information as the framework and question game players in a multiple choice format. The objective of the game is to challenge players knowledge of Final Fantasy 7's game development, lore and culture.
Super Obama World uses the same game mechanics and aesthetics as Super Mario World as its design inspiration. In Super Obama World, Mario is replaced by Senator Obama, goombas with corporate crooks and koopas with politicking pigs. The game has 6 different levels and in each one it addresses a weak point of the McCain Campaign. In one, player runs for an unnecessarily long road with a dead-end that says “nowhere Alaska” which aims to highlight the “bridge to nowhere” phrase that was much-used during the McCain Campaign.
The Syrian Conflict has forced many Syrians to flee their home country due to the violence and political turmoil. Many risk their lives to seek refuge in neighboring countries, and some pay traffickers to take them to Europe. However, the uncertainty of their journey may result in safety, capture, death or deportation. The game's routes, options, and outcomes are based on interviews with real stories by BBC Arabic digital project.
Based on interviews with eight former and current workers, the game allows players to get a glimpse of what it is like to work in the Amazon's Melbourne warehouse. As the day progresses, it can get pretty hectic.It the players' job to decide how the day will go for the Amazon worker in the game so that he or she can get through the day while maintaining a high pick rate. At the end of the narrative, a screen pops up and ask if we want to read an article about what it is like working in Amazon or learn more about the game. The article reveals some insights from interviewees saying that the company "resent him or her because they are not a robot," or that "the workplace is built around the culture of fear."
Players are invited to roll the die and play the Betsy Devos' board game. The goal is to make it through 19 months in office in as few turns as possible. The game tells the stories through an unconventional way in which players are active participants in the storyline. Each player will have a different experience based on the numbers they get from the die. Statements listed in the game reflects real life situations and issues that need to be addressed.
The Counted:People Killed By The Police In The US shows stats about the victims. Sorted by state, city and ethnicity, player can navigate the US map and look at the top cities in which police brutality has gone overboard that lead to deaths of civilians. With detailed descriptions attached to each victim, players can understand the context of the incidents and place their own judgements on them. Though it is not possible to change what has already happened, it is important for civilians to be informed about such problem and its existence within our own communities.
The Evolution of Trust aims to teach players about trust and how it is reflected through our actions with others. To test the trust-building process, players are asked to choose either to cooperate or cheat. Depending on the types of personalities we are playing, the results of each game vary. The great take away from this game is that trust is built through repeated interactions, possible win-wins and low miscommunication.
In The Good, The Bad and The Accountant players are asked to make decisions for the city's infrastructure spending that involves active or passive corruption. It is not necessarily true that all civil servants are corrupted, however, it raises awareness of pointing out that corruption is a systemic issue. The game has meters that measure the legal risk, industry mistrust and political rejection level based on the answers you provide. At times, refusing an offer that involves levels of corruption might lead to conflicts with stakeholders. In the hint tab, the game offers answers to questions such as "how do you organize bribe?" or "spotting corruption in land sales." Therefore, giving a thorough explanation to how these issues can be recognized. In sum, the game teaches players how to spot patterns of corruption.
According to the effect of climate change, the coast of California will be deeply affected by the rising sea level. Beaches can vanish and flooding and erosion can threaten homes. However, there is still some time to set things right. The game puts players in charge. They are given 8 turns to save this beachside town through rising sea level adaptation. The game is based on interviews with coastal scientists, planning officials, homeowners, realtors, and environmentalists.
The ReDistricting game is designed to educate players about the issues and complexity of political districting. Currently, the political system in most states allows the state legislators themselves to draw the lines. The system involves a wide range of manipulations that encourage incumbents to draw the district lines in order to protect their seats. In the game, players are given the power to draw congressional district lines in which they must complete tasks and establish population equality of a certain number while maintaining a peaceful political climate. The objective of the game is to teach and enable interactive experiences for players to grasp the congressional redistricting process.
The Syrian refugee crisis has caused many of Syrians to flee their home country due to the ongoing civil war that started in 2011. Citizens of Syria live in constant fear knowing that their home is not safe and can be destroyed any second. Many people decide to leave everything behind and seek refuge in search for safety. However, the escape does not guarantee a better life. In this choose-your-own-adventure game, videos of real-life interviews with Syrian refugees show mistreatment, suffering and poor living conditions they encounter. The game allows players to shift their perspective and understand the complexity of the Syrian Refugee crisis.
Based on interviews with former or current Uber drivers, The Uber Game gives players the opportunity to experience being an Uber driver with a goal of earning enough money to sustain the high expenses in San Francisco. At the end of the game, an income statement is shown to see if you have met your financial goal.
The Voter Suppression Trail is a web game designed to raise awareness about the presidential election in 2016. Players have three characters to choose from to experience their journey to the polls - a white programmer from California, a hispanic nurse from Texas or a black salesman from Wisconsin. Their journey to the polls will be a lot of waiting, that is, one of the main reasons why many people don’t go and vote. Whether they make it to the end of the line and vote or not, it is a frustrating process for many.
The Wallfer asks players to take on the role of a political candidate and answer ten rapid-fire questions that will determine their popularity during a campaign. Questions on issues such as gun control, taxes, abortion, health care are factors taken into considerations of their popularity rating. The scores a player gets are tied to actual national poll data reported by Gallup, the Pew Research Center and other news organizations.
Based on real stories, The Waiting Game simulates the experience of someone seeking asylum in the United States. Players can follow the stories of five unnamed people, starting from the moment they decide to flee their home countries. What they all have in common is the wish to get asylum. However, the journey to get treated is long. As we follow the stories, we get to understand the hardships of asylum-seekers endure.
The United States- North Korean relationship has not been on good terms. Missile test fired from North Korea and provocative tweets from the White house had escalated the situation even more. Donald Trump, the president of the United States and the supreme leader of North Korea Kim Jong-Un had initially scheduled to meet for a summit to discuss "denuclearization." However, things didn't go as planned and situation worsened. Players get an opportunity in this game to find out what are some potential outcomes that this crisis could transpire.
The phrase thoughts and prayers is often used by public officials to remark condolences. However the repeated usage by Trump of this phrase has received criticism of saying too much “thoughts and prayers” instead of actually taking actions on gun-control regulations. The game gives often two main options: think or pray, and occasionally, a button to ban assault weapon sale would pop up, but it doesn’t work. So think and pray are still the only two viable options. The game reflects on the frustration of anti-gun groups in a satirical way.
Trump Toss asks its players to toss illegal immigrants out of America back to Mexico. This sounds easy enough, but be careful not to toss out American citizens amongst the group of sombrero-wearing individuals. The game strongly emphasizes on the immigration issue that affects a large number of people living in the United States. Undocumented immigratnts are facing a higher chance of deportation due to the new Trump adminstration policy, which took effect July 23, 2019.
When it comes to predatory harassment and sexual assault, Donald Trump's infamous quote "grab them by the pussy" is a prime example. This satirical game has a timer, a hand and cats that peeps out of holes and the goal is to grab as many kitties as possible in the time frame given.
In this 2D side-scrolling game, players are given the opportunity to play Donald Trump at the Republican National Convention which has turned into a battlefield. In order to secure your nomination for the election and remake the image of the Republican party, you must kill other political figures such as the ghost of Abraham Lincoln, Ted Cruz, Mitt Romney...etc. The idea of reestablishing the image of the Republican party with violence is ironic as it gets. It is a demonstration of self-destruction.
Two billion miles is the estimate of all the miles traveled by Refugees in 2015. Many made the choice to flee their home countries because their homes have become uninhabitable, dangerous with limited opportunities for a better life. The game allows players to make life-changing choices for the characters in the game.
What Makes A World Cup Winner is a forecasting game that allows players to rate their deciding factors on form, past World Cup performances, the pedigree of the players and manager, odds with bookmakers and random luck. Rate the factors and run the simulation to see if the team you're rooting for will make it to the top.
Windfall is a strategy game that allows its players to reach a specified energy offset goal by planting turbines strategically. Players must do research on the pieces of land available for planting either powerlines or turbines. The game requires strategic consideration on the price, location, energy output goal and renewable energy credits for profit. There are three levels of difficulties for players to choose from, easy, normal or hard.
Amazon's HQ2 is opening soon, players will get the chance to evaluate different factors of work life to help decide where the new HQ2 should be located. By evaluating key interests such as, culture and business climate, economic and incentives, labor force, quality of life, sustainability and green energy, travel and commute, wireless and broadband connectivity, a suited location for HQ2 will appear at the end of the game and explain why that location is an ideal choice.