Newsgames pushes the profession to think differently about how current events can be turned into systems of scenarios and variables, instead of mere stories.—Alyssa Abkowitz, Columbia Journalism Review—
In their well-researched and intriguing new book Newsgames: Journalism at Play, Ian Bogost, Simon Ferrari and Bobby Schweizer examine the practice of fusing gaming with journalism. It’s not a new idea. From before personal computers, with games like ‘Diplomacy’ and ‘Risk’ to early computer games, such as ‘Balance of Power’ and ‘Hidden Agenda,’ front-page reality and game-room fantasy have meshed well. Newsgames suggests this link should get stronger by purposefully employing gaming to convey news of the day. And it sets down a challenge, not to gamers, but to journalists.
—Forbes.com Technology, “Techno-tainers” blog—