Game-o-matic: A Tool for Generating Journalistic Games on The Fly

Game-o-matic, a Knight News Challenge-funded collaboration between the Georgia Institute of Technology and the University of California at Santa Cruz, is a tool for generating journalistic games (or newsgames) through a simple “concept mapping” of relevant actors and their relationships. Game-o-matic addresses a key problem facing the adoption of newsgames by traditional media sources: the expense, time, and expertise required to craft regular video game content. Game-o-matic relieves the burden of programming and design while encouraging journalists to think of news events as systems rather than as stories. This session demos and elaborates on Game-o-matic’s design and development.