NewsGamer is an immersive narrative tool to simulate real-life events as they appear in the news.
Through non-linear storytelling, newsgames empowers to digest complex political, economic, and social issues in a playful way.
NewsGamer, developed with support from Google’s Digital News Initiative is a software platform that reduces the costs and time requirements to create a newsgame, enabling newsrooms as well as classrooms to quickly create highly engaging interactive content.
With NewsGamer you can create a newsgame in less than an hour, with no coding required. You pick any topic and fill out an easy to use templates to develop and launch the story.
What is a newsgame?
In a newsgame you assume the role of a leader: the US President, the UN Secretary General, a mayor, an editor-in-chief, or a CEO tackling a hard to crack challenge or a full blown crisis. You succeed or fail based on your choices, while learning about the drivers of a conflict, the policy options available, and their consequences.
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OUR THEORY OF CHANGE
We leverage the power of gamified learning to make learning engaging and interactive. Games provide a sense of agency as they allow you to step into the narrative, create awareness of the impact of decisions on all stakeholders, improve knowledge absorption and retention, embrace responsibility and accountability, and promote empathy, all leading to a more engaged learning experience that facilitates better knowledge retention. Newsgames enhance the learning experience for all age groups, offer real-time feedback and are proven to prompt behavioral change. They can drive strong behavioral change, especially when combined with the scientific principles of repeated retrieval and spaced repetition.
Our kids are growing up in an education system that often fails to equip them with critical thinking and leadership skills so essential to succeed in the 21st century. What can we do better?
Interactive gamified storytelling is an effective way to help students navigate the complexities of today’s world. Newsgames allow you to step into the narrative and through non-linear storytelling empowers to digest complicated political, economic, and social issues in a playful way.
You can create a newsgame in less than an hour. You pick any topic and fill out one of our easy to use templates to develop the story. That is it. No need to do any coding or design. Your newsgame is ready to be played by your students or your readers. You can also assign to create a newsgame themselves, working individually or as a team.
The NewsGamer CREATOR tool offers an intuitive content management tool that allows educators to create newsgame quickly and easily on any topic.
The NewsGamer MARKETPLACE will provide a seamless ecosystem where creators can offer their games to a global community of educators and learners in both formal and informal educational settings.
Members of the NewsGamer COMMUNITY can play, co-create, share, and rate games together.
Our Story and Mission
Former Hungarian national security advisor, senior fellow at the Atlantic Council and policy advisor at the United Nations.
Former Google Fellow, EU policy expert and journalist turned coder, web-designer and digital venture capitalist