How would you like to be a flu virus, mutating and spreading yourself through human populations? Or what about an evil oil baron unleashing havoc on the world via war and disaster? What do you think of playing the role of one of two young men who decided to show up at school in Columbine, Colorado in April 1999 armed with shotguns, rifles and handguns?
All of these are experiences you can have via a new genre of journalism called the newsgame. Nora talked to Ian Bogost about this emerging form. Ian is a video game researcher, critic and designer in Atlanta, Georgia. A shorter version of this interview will air on a future episode of Spark, but you can hear the full, uncut interview if you download the MP3. [runs 24:40]
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