Roughly a year ago we played a game about the conflict in Gaza as it happened and was all over the news
. It's a game I've returned in my thoughts right through the year (and in here, sorry about that
. Something ticked; all the players knew what the game was about, the discussions were lively after the games. And now I'm thinking if this could be a pattern that I could try to reproduce.
There are many global news stories capturing the attention of the global population each year. Last year it was the Gaza, the downturn of the economy, Obama, Afghanistan was and is still in the limelight, the climate talks in Copenhagen etc.
For me playing story games about these news stories would be a way to understand and to explore viewpoints of the narrative that we consume through media
. I personally often have hard time grasping the systemic view of these kinds of events through news. Instead I feel some kind of anxiety and frustration and the need to go on with other things. But I think something valuable could be learned by exploring these news events through story games.
So I ask you: What recent news events would you want to play a game about?
What would you like to explore?
Or you can suggest a game to use for a game about a recent news event
. How would you set it up?
Any general thoughts on story games about news events are also welcome. We can branch out if this thread becomes a mess.Ps. News Gaming is not a new idea. Gonzalo Frasca launched the website newsgaming.com in 2003. The site contains two browser games, MADRID (about the terrorist attacks in Spain in 2004) and September 12th.