The World, Made Playable
Our GameTheNews newsgaming initiative has now been folded into the main work of Auroch Digital.
GameTheNews was an initiative of Auroch Digital Ltd, which aimed to shine a new light on current events and news topics. An evolving and exploratory project, we aimed to examine new aspects of these stories in a way that other mediums couldn't, by placing players directly into the narrative.
At GameTheNews, we wanted games to transcend ‘throwaway fun’. Our objective was to examine current events and news topics from a different perspective, by putting the player into the narrative in order to bring a more visceral, tangible feeling to these topics. By allowing the player to experience the choices that those affected have to make, we hoped to achieve two things; change people’s perspective of ‘gaming’ and what purpose it can serve, and also to invite debate and raise awareness about the news and events themselves.We’re still exploring how games can mesh with news. We’ve had our games covered in Wired, The Guardian, The Huffington Post and Kotaku, among others.
Successfully Kickstarted physical card game Elections of US America Election: The Card Game.
GameTheNews’s first foray into crowdfunding.