Newsgames

Robin Kwong
Newsroom Innovation Chief at The Wall Street Journal. Exploring the future of journalism through the lens of technology, design and the power of emotions.

Take a deep dive into Newsgames with this hand-curated series of 10 time-tested articles and videos from around the web. We’ll guide you through, one link per day, in the app or in your inbox.

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Game design techniques are widely used for entertainment, but what if they can also help people better understand and explore what is happening in the world right now? That’s the mission of newsgames, a small but growing movement in digital journalism to find new ways for people to interact with the news.


This deep dive will introduce you to newsgames and their unique role in journalism, and delve into the theories and techniques needed to create them. Beyond newsgames, the lessons within have a wide application for interaction design.


Robin Kwong is Newsroom Innovation Chief at The Wall Street Journal. Exploring the future of journalism through the lens of technology, design and the power of emotions. He's also the creator of the Uber Game.


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  • The Waiting Game and 9 other articles and videos
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  • Topics covered: javascript, ink
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  • From experts like Zach Gage, Nicky Case, and more
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Glad to see you made it all the way through this Deep Dive. We hope you found it useful and can put some of the insights to good use in your own daily life.

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Deep Dives are carefully hand-curated series of time-tested articles and videos from around the web.

We’ll guide you through, one link per day, in the app or in your inbox.

Deep Dives come in bites that are short enough to fit in your day...

...but add up to a satisfying learning experience.

Let’s start by playing one! The Waiting Game uses game design to spark readers’ curiosity about the plight of asylum seekers.

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For me, games can play a unique role in journalism by bringing systems and stories together.

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Nicky walks us through three examples of games that teach us about systems.

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Systems make statements. Elizabeth explains how we can wield systems with intention.

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Time for another game. And for Alvin to teach us about the US college scholarship system.

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Celia explains how understanding the way our brain processes and retains information can be a huge help in creating better user experiences.

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The cleverest game concept is useless if no one can understand what’s going on. Zach teaches a simple framework for designing clear interfaces.

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If you’re ready to make your own newsgame, Ændrew provides a practical, step-by-step walkthrough on how to do so.

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Meg asks: What does it mean to win? What does it mean for a newsgame to be unfair when the world itself often...isn’t?

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That’s it! I hope you enjoyed this deep dive and are inspired to bring playful interactions into your work


If you want to play more newsgames, I maintain a list of them here. I definitely recommend downloading and playing Bury Me, My Love on your phone.


Many of the people whose thoughts and writing I’ve featured in the deep dive have published books that are worth checking out. I particularly recommend Elizabeth Sampat’s Empathy Engines.

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