Kathleen Hansen

by Kathleen Hansen

After a lot of fits and starts, we are ready to deploy two different versions of the “Playing the News” prototype games. One uses a simulated environment that allows the user to visit various locations to interview stakeholders on the topic of the use of ethanol as fuel. The user plays the role of a [...] more »

by Kathleen Hansen

Here is another report from our research assistant Fabio Berzaghi on the progress we are making on “Playing the News.” Our struggle is to come up with embedded games that do not clash with the content of the topic or issue being addressed by the news organization. One of our “test” issues is a feature-type [...] more »

by Kathleen Hansen

As we continue to develop the “Playing the News” game, we wanted to share the inside workings of the process. Our partners at the Johnson Simulation Center submitted this report on their production process. An Overview of the JSC Production Process This is a short description of the Johnson Simulation Center’s production process; that is, [...] more »

by Kathleen Hansen

As we work to create a news game that will engage readers, we are exploring what types of incentives we can use to meet the “gaming” expectations of hard-core players. We’ve decided to try embedding “mini-games” into the news game scenario. For example, a news game might create an environment where the reader is exploring [...] more »

by Kathleen Hansen

For those of us working on creating “serious games,” the experience we’ve had with the “Playing the News” project might be instructive. We are working with the Johnson Simulation Center at Pine Technical College in Pine City, MN to develop a tool that will allow journalists (read, non-techies) create engaging games built from news coverage [...] more »

by Kathleen Hansen

Hi folks. Our top-flight research assistant, Fabio Berzaghi, has written a narrative of the work we’ve been doing on the “Playing the News” project. Our goal is to design a game creation tool that allows news professionals to author engaging games around ongoing news issues in a community. The intention of the tool is to [...] more »

by Kathleen Hansen

We haven’t posted much until now because we’ve been busy getting the “beta” version of our game engine off the drawing board. We now have an initial build that Nora will demo at the ONA conference in a few days. After some serious brainstorming sessions with game designers, news professionals and people who actually play [...] more »