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Video Games and Journalism


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Can video games be a good medium for journalism? You bet!

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Video Games and Journalism

  1. 1. Video Games and Journalism v 2.1
  2. 2. <ul><li>Games can deliver journalism to new audiences </li></ul><ul><li>Games are a powerful way of doing that. </li></ul>
  3. 3. Reaching them The audience is made of gamers. . . . they start young, and they don’t stop . % of each age group in UK playing games, 2005:
  4. 4. Audience Reach Average age of a gamer goes up by 1 every year This isn’t “Journalism for kids” Now the average gamer is 33. It’s about reaching our audience where they are.
  5. 5. Journalism Delivery But can a game really deliver journalism? So they play – especially the young ones.
  6. 6. Games are stupid, right?
  7. 7. Not all of them.
  8. 12. In some games you have to perform subtle, complex tasks.
  9. 13. Sim City Tax policy Is About Infrastructure networks Zoning laws sold 18 million copies
  10. 14. Games are About Learning Fun = Gaining Skills Key Moments in gameplay are achievements “ I got it! I beat level 10!” The process of gaining skills is what makes games fun.
  11. 15. America’s Army teaches you how to be a soldier – following orders, knowing how they do things in the real US Armed Forces MAJOR JASON AMERINE America's Army: Real Hero
  12. 17. Darfur is Dying Cost £25,000 Took 10 weeks 250,000 hits per month Over 2 m unique viewers in 2006
  13. 18. Three Learning Modes Storytelling Playing Lecturing
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  16. 21. <ul><li>Getting involved in a game challenge is a powerful learning mode. </li></ul><ul><li>The challenges can be very sophisticated. </li></ul><ul><li>To complete them successfully, you have to learn. </li></ul><ul><li>You can learn about all sorts of things. </li></ul>Games are Teachers
  17. 22. Or ditch an abusive boyfriend. Like how to fly a jet. Or serve ice cream.
  18. 23. We can do this with journalism.
  19. 24. For more info, go to http://