[This unedited press release is made available courtesy of Gamasutra and its partnership with notable game PR-related resource GamesPress.]
The New York Times’ most popular story of 2013 was not an
article. It was an interactive quiz. The Times They Are A-Changin.
Games as the defining medium of the 21st century are obviously
starting to disrupt journalism.
In order to accelerate this process the independent game studio
'The Good Evil' and the Cologne Game Lab, an institute of the
Cologne University of Applied Science, are organising Europe's
Newsgames Hackathon in Cologne, Germany on May
6th/7th. Dr. Tomas Rawlings from 'Game The News' will hold a
Journalists, programmers and game designers are invited to
conceptualise and produce working prototypes in 48 hours. The
results will then be presented one day later at 'Clash of
Realities', an internationally acclaimed games conference.
The young genre has already been tried out worldwide by
innovative media companies like The New York Times, Huffington
Post, Wired, BBC, Channel 4, The Guardian or Le Monde.
Attendance to the event is free. Anyone intersted can apply
online until March 20th here:
'In a clear distinction to classical linear approaches
Newsgames allow the interactive experience of content and are very
well suited to explain systems', says Marcus Bösch. The
german journalist and co-founder of The Good Evil is the
For several years he has been busy exploring Newsgames. After
having given workshops, talks and media apperances on the topic he
– together with his game studio – has designed PRISM -
The Game: Germany‘s very first Newsgame, published by Arte
PLEASE NOTE: Participants from Austria or Switzerland can apply
for a scholarship that covers travelling and hotel costs thanks to
the 'Neue Zürcher Zeitung' (NZZ) and the 'Forum Journalismus
und Medien' in Vienna. Deutsche Welle, Germany's international
broadcaster is the main media partner of the event.