Gaming the News

A great city development game designed by KQED, San Francisco’s public television station, complements a Bay Area gentrification program and gives users five different decisions to make about how to develop their city. At the end of the game, it explains the impact of each choice and it scores players on how well planned their cities are. The Pew Center for Civic Journalism discusses how online sites are using games and reports that the Seattle firm that built HeraldNet’s Waterfront Renaissance project, Smashing Ideas Inc., is designing another city planning gaming that will soon debut on the Myrtle Beach Sun News’ site. “[Games] are a great way to get information to people in a way that helps them understand the impact of their choices,” Smashing Ideas’ founder Glenn Thomas said.

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