PolitiTruth is Fake News: The Game

PolitiTruth is Fake News: The Game

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For too long the definition of “Game of the Year” has been unfairly narrow. How boring is it to see every website shower the same stale AAA games with praise at the end of each holiday season? So at Geek.com we’re doing what we can to put a stop to this in Game of the Year, a new column celebrating worthy alternative picks for the year’s greatest game regardless of genre, platform, year of release, or even quality. Here, any game can be Game of the Year!

During E3, while narcissistically trying to play Where the Water Tastes like Wine (a game I wrote for) at the IndieCade booth, I stumbled across a mobile game called PolitiTruth. This is a game about “distinguishing political fact from fiction.” And I’m glad I found it because in our current political nightmare climate, full of fake news and lying fascists co-opting the term fake news, anything that gets the truth out to as many people as possible as easily and as fun as possible is more than just a Game of the Year. It’s a godsend.

Given the ubiquity of dating app Tinder, we shouldn’t be surprised to find its left-right swiping grammar crop up in other mobile games and apps. In Reigns, you rule your fantasy kingdom by swiping between advice you think is hot or not. In PolitiTruth, you simply swipe right on the truth and left on lies. Is Donald Trump telling the truth about the number of jobs he’s creating? Is the Affordable Care Act really helping people? You choose! But the answers are no and of course, respectively. It’s like C-SPAN meets that incredible documentary F for Fake starring famous dead master magician Orson Welles.

The game presents a statement given by a politician or some other public official. The statement itself is always something the person actually said (a fact I didn’t initially realize). However, the accuracy of the statements can vary wildly. Players pick their answer and the game tells you if the statement was true or not before explaining the real facts. The fact-checking research comes courtesy of the always-updating, open-source, non-profit, Pulitzer Prize-winning organization PolitiFact. It’s not always a binary answer. An answer could be somewhat true or flagrantly false. Regardless, players earn a score and see how their score compares against other users. But don’t worry, your guesses are anonymous so friends won’t see how wrong you are about everything in the world.

By playing PolitiTruth, you not only learn about topics like global warming and immigration, but you also learn more about your own political biases. While playing, I would typically guess that Donald Trump is lying, because he does do a disgusting amount of lying as the game itself confirms. But each time the broken clock was right and said something true, I usually lost that round like the “cuck” that idiot commenters already think I am. As the developer told me, there’s a lot of fascinating analysis to be done with this data about different user demographics and how segments of the public perceive truth in news.

Now more than ever, it’s important to keep yourself politically engaged, informed, and aware of the truth. PolitiTruth helps you do that for free by just swiping your thumb. That’s the civic goodness that Games of the Year are made of.

Check back next week to read about the next Game of the Year!

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June 20, 2017 at 04:07PM

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