Types of Gameplay in Newsgames. Case Of Persuasive Messages about Covid-19

Julio David Merchan Romero, Angel Luis Torres Toukoumidis

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Currently, independent video games have been presented as an alternative to approach the development of a ludic typology called newsgames in which, distancing themselves from the interests of the entertainment industry, a series of games related to the pandemic are presented. From here, we seek to examine the gameplay elements and persuasive messages of 17 “indie games” in the context of COVID-19, categorizing them according to types of newsgames and determining any patterns present among them. The results manifest a tendency towards tabloid newsgames, which are characterized by dealing with sensational, direct, and immediate information using humor and exaggeration to convey messages, which, in this case, focuses on biosafety measures such as hand washing, the use of alcohol for sanitation, and social distancing. On the part of the gameplay elements, a linear narrative is maintained, but it is mainly a sum of achievements to reach the game’s objectives. In short, independent newsgames are formalized as an instrument of diversification in media realities that allow for the presenting of information in an alternative way without depending on editorial lines within a crisis context, as has been the case during the pandemic.
Translated title of the contributionTipos de Jugabilidad en Newsgames. Caso de mensajes persuasivos sobre el Covid-19
Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1-12
Number of pages12
JournalJournalism and Media
Issue number2021
StatePublished - 22 Nov 2021


  • Audiovisual platforms
  • Covid-19
  • Indie games
  • Narratology
  • Newsgames

CACES Knowledge Areas

  • 123A Journalism and Communication


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