Game Directory

List of games in journalism or of serious substance

7

months since last update

Since I first got interested in game design, I’ve been tracking examples of games, and gamified interactive web projects, published by media companies, educational institutions, game companies, and individuals that involve complex systems, tell stories about real events or people, or generally seek to entertain and educate a player. I don’t include purely educational games in this list, as I am more interested in the inclusion of game mechanics to tell real or “serious” stories.

This list is by no means a representation of all the games out there that fit my criteria (please let me know if I should check out a game or include it to the list), but what I have here to-date are examples I find to be good inspiration for designing and developing games with a broader purpose beyond just pure entertainment.

Directory and table are a work in progress. Not 100 percent functional regarding sorting, games included and other features.

 


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Year
Year Game Publisher Creator
choose your own adventure gameGame is live onlineCommissioned by media company2018The Waiting GamePropublica and WNYCPlaymatics
choose your own adventure gameGame is live onlineCommissioned by media company2017The Uber GameFinancial TimesFinancial Times
choose your own adventure gameGame is live onlineCommissioned by media company2018Preschool ChallengeThe Hechinger ReportJohn Osborn D'Agostino
quiz gameGame is live onlineCommissioned by media company2017Seattle mayoral matchmakerSeattle TimesSeattle Times
choose your own adventure gameGame is live onlineCommissioned by media company2016Commuter ChallengeWAMUWAMU
arcade gameGame is live online2017Alpha TrumpJohn Osborn D'AgostinoJohn Osborn D'Agostino
action gameGame is live online2009Faith Fighter 2MolleindustriaMolleindustria
action gameGame is live online2008Faith FighterMolleindustriaMolleindustria
budget gameGame is live onlineCommissioned by media company2009MPs' expenses – what you've discoveredUK GuardianUK Guardian
quiz gameGame is live onlineCommissioned by media company2013How Y’all, Youse and You Guys TalkNew York TimesNew York Times
choose your own adventure gameGame is live online2012MainichiMattie BriceMattie Brice
virtual reality productGame is live onlineCommissioned by media company2015The DisplacedNew York TimesNew York Times
choose your own adventure gameGame is live onlineCommissioned by media company2015Can you navigate a day without depression?BuzzFeedBuzzFeed
choose your own adventure gameGame is live onlineCommissioned by media company2016Fertile GroundFusionFusion
uncategorized gameGame must be purchased to play20161979 Revolution: Black FridayINK StoriesINK Stories, N-Fusion Interactive
puzzle gameGame is live onlineCommissioned by media company2007Point of EntryNew York TimesPersuasive Games
puzzle gameGame is live online2007The Redistricting GameUSC Game Innovation LabUSC Game Innovation Lab
puzzle gameGame is live onlineCommissioned by media company2012Pirate FishingAl JazeeraAltera Studio
simulation gameGame is live online2013Migrant TrailUndocumented DocumentaryMarco Williams
uncategorized gameGame must be purchased to play2016We Are ChicagoCulture Shock GamesCulture Shock Games
simulation gameGame must be purchased to play2011Fate of the WorldRed RedemptionRed Redemption
simulation gameGame is live onlineCommissioned by media company2003Climate ChallengeBBCRed Redemption
simulation gameGame is live onlineCommissioned by media company2009Cutthroat CapitalismWired MagazineSmallbore Webworks
strategyGame is no longer workingCommissioned by media company2013HeartSaverProPublicaProPublica
strategyGame is live online2006Darfur is DyingMTVTAKE ACTION Games
simulation gameGame is live online2011SPENTUrban Ministries of DurhamMcKinney
simulation gameGame must be purchased to play2007PeacemakerImpact GamesImpact Games
simulation gameGame is live onlineCommissioned by media company2012Endgame: SyriaGame the NewsGame the News
simulation gameGame must be purchased to play2005Democracy SeriesPositech GamesPositech Games
simulation gameGame is live online2014Decisions on DeadlineSamantha GrantGush Productions
puzzle gameGame is live online2016Good Guy with a GunGOP ArcadeGOP Arcade
puzzle gameGame is live online2016Bomb the Right PlaceGOP ArcadeGOP Arcade
arcade gameGame is live online2016Trump TossGOP ArcadeGOP Arcade
action gameGame is live online2016Science FighterGOP ArcadeGOP Arcade
action gameGame is live online2016Trump's Convention RampageGOP ArcadeGOP Arcade
puzzle gameGame is live online2016Thoughts and Prayers: The GameGOP ArcadeGOP Arcade
puzzle gameGame is live online2016Angry OldsGOP ArcadeGOP Arcade
simulation gameGame is live online2016Epipen TycoonGOP ArcadeGOP Arcade
puzzle gameGame is live online2016Trump's Pussy GrabberGOP ArcadeGOP Arcade
virtual reality productGame is live onlineCommissioned by media company2015Harvest of ChangeDes Moines RegisterDes Moines Register
quiz gameGame is live onlineCommissioned by media company2009Got Swine?North By NorthwesternNorth By Northwestern
quiz gameGame is live online2012Gimme Props! 2012Gimmie Props! TeamGimmie Props! Team
arcade gameGame is live onlineCommissioned by media company2015Floppy CandidateWashington PostWashington Post
puzzle gameGame is live onlineCommissioned by media company2014Parable of the PolygonsVi Hart and Nicky CaseVi Hart and Nicky Case
quiz gameGame is live online2016Gimme Props! 2016John Osborn D'AgostinoJohn Osborn D'Agostino and Mollie D'Agostino
simulation gameGame is live online2013The CandidateJohn Osborn D'AgostinoJohn Osborn D'Agostino
uncategorized gameGame is live onlineCommissioned by media company2009Gauging Your DistractionNew York TimesNew York Times
budget gameGame is live onlineCommissioned by media company2010Think Oakland's deficit is easy to fix? Use this to do it yourselfOakland NorthEvan Wagstaff
budget gameGame is no longer workingCommissioned by media company2010Budget Puzzle: You Fix the BudgetNew York TimesNew York Times
budget gameGame is no longer workingCommissioned by media company2008Budget HeroAmerican Public MediaAmerican Public Media
uncategorized gameGame is live online2012UnmannedMolleindustriaMolleindustria
choose your own adventure gameGame is live onlineCommissioned by media company2016Can you find a place to sleep tonight in San Francisco?BuzzFeedBuzzFeed
choose your own adventure gameGame is live onlineCommissioned by media company2014The Refugee ChallengeUK GuardianUK Guardian
choose your own adventure gameGame is live onlineCommissioned by media company2015Syrian JourneyBBCBBC
choose your own adventure gameGame is live onlineCommissioned by media company2014FearlessAvni NijhawanAvni Nijhawan
choose your own adventure gameGame is live online20141,000 Days of SyriaMitch SwensonMitch Swenson
simulation gameGame is live onlineCommissioned by media company2016The Voter Suppression TrailNew York TimesGOP Arcade
choose your own adventure gameGame is live onlineCommissioned by media company2016Parachuted InThe Hechinger ReportJohn Osborn D'Agostino and Tiffany Lew
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