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June 30, 2012
Obamacare: the Videogame
On failures to communicate
There's a great article by Monroe Anderson at The Root titled 'Obamacare,' the Video Game?. Anderson recalls asking Obama strategist David Axelrod "why so many voters were so clueless as to how President Obama had spent the first two years of his first term." Axelrod's response: "information gridlock." Essentially, the ...
April 13, 2011
Newsgames Embrace Hard Complexity, not Easy Fun
A response to Paul Carr and Chris O'Brien
Cross-posted from PBS Idea Lab Earlier this month a group of journalists, game designers, and academics gathered at the University of Minnesota for a workshop on newsgames. I was there, as was fellow Knight News Challenge winner and San Jose Mercury News tech business writer Chris O'Brien. After the event, ...
November 18, 2010
Los Angeles Litany
Game Design, Newsgames, Objects, and Whitehead
I'm doing a whole crap-ton of things in Los Angeles the week after Thanksgiving. First I'll be visiting Tracy Fullerton's game design class at USC on Monday. Next I'll be giving a talk on Newsgames at the USC Annenberg School, at noon on Tuesday. Then on Wednesday, I'll be participating ...
November 2, 2010
The Newsgames Blog
Are you reading it?
Now that you've ordered your copy of Newsgames: Journalism at Play (you did that, right?) I'd like to remind you that the Newsgames blog is full to the brim with new content. You can find it at newsgames.gatech.edu/blog. Here are some of the latest posts: Pac-Man's Political Cartoon Games Representation ...
September 14, 2010
Newsgames Excerpted
in The Atlantic online
Our book Newsgames: Journalism at Play should be hitting the streets in a couple weeks. If you're eager to get your hands on some of the material in advance, you'll be happy to learn that The Atlantic just published an excerpt from the first chapter, which you can read here. ...
June 17, 2010
Our Winning Project in the 2010 Knight News Challenge
The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation's News Challenge award winners were announced Wednesday at MIT, and my project was among the 12 of 2,400 entries to have been awarded a grant. It's research I'm working on with my colleague Michael Mateas (UC Santa Cruz). Here's a summary of ...
June 16, 2010
The Future of News and Civic Media Conference
On Cartoonist (with Michael Mateas)

June 10, 2010
Cross about Crosswords
Graham has a short post up mentioning Heidegger's distaste for the crossword puzzle. Given that we have a whole chapter about crosswords and related puzzles in Newsgames, I'm particularly keen to read this if anyone digs it up. Heidegger's reaction was actually quite common. Some may not realize that the ...
May 20, 2010
Endless String of Meaningless Buzzwords
The Onion on Foursquare
Leave it to The Onion to say what we're all thinking, or should be, about Web 2.0 "social games" like Foursquare. "Foursquare is a little bit of everything—a friend-finder, a local city guide, an interactive mobile game," said company cofounder Dennis Crowley, as if reading from the same tired script ...
April 17, 2010
Newsgames Described
Cover, blurb, price, etc.
MIT Press has put up the informational webpage for Newsgames, and the book should be appearing in the catalog and in books in print (and therefore at Amazon et al) soon enough. You can read the description on the MIT Press site, and I've also pasted it below. The list ...
February 9, 2010
Information is Beautiful
...but it's not necessarily informative
My next book, Newsgames: Journalism at Play (co-authored with my graduate students Simon Ferrari and Bobby Schweizer), is being prepared for publication, and it should hit the streets in late summer of this year. In anticipation, I'll try to offer some occasional previews of the content we cover in the ...