Government Game

Hello All,

I know that it is a snow day for many individuals on the east coast today (or at least I know that our nonprofit corporate office stationed in Pennsylvania is having a snow-day), so I thought that I would share a fun new government game that with you that I found on a friends facebook page today. Besides, when I had a snow-day as a child, it meant go outside and go sledding and/or play video game.

The ReDistricting Game (

About the Game:

The Redistricting Game
is designed to
educate, engage, and empower citizens around the issue of political
redistricting. Currently, the political system in most states allows
the state legislators themselves to draw the lines. This system is
subject to a wide range of abuses and manipulations that encourage
incumbents to draw districts which protect their seats rather than risk
an open contest.

By exploring how the system works, as well as how open it is to abuse, The Redistricting Game
allows players to experience the realities of one of the most important
(yet least understood) aspects of our political system. The game
provides a basic introduction to the redistricting system, allows
players to explore the ways in which abuses can undermine the system,
and provides info about reform initiatives – including a playable
version of the Tanner Reform bill to demonstrate the ways that the
system might be made more consistent with tenets of good governance.
Beyond playing the game, the web site for The Redistricting Game
provides a wealth of information about redistricting in every state as
well as providing hands-on opportunities for civic engagement and
political action.

Who We Are:

The Redistricting Game was created at the USC Game Innovation Lab –
part of the USC School of Cinematic Arts’, Interactive Media Division.
It was developed for the USC Annenberg Center for Communications by the
following people:

Lead Game Designer and Project Lead

Chris Swain

Assistant Professor

Co-Director, EA Game Innovation Lab

Interactive Media Division

USC School of Cinema-Television

cswain [at] cinema [dot] usc [dot] edu


Design and Writing

Producer / Game Designer

Peggy Weil

Visiting Assistant Professor,

Interactive Media Division

USC School of Cinematic Arts

pweil [at] usc [dot] edu

Game Designer / Writer – Jeremy Bernstein

Programming & Development: Red Hot Learning, Inc.

Project Lead – Duane Dunfield

Programming Team – Chris Collings, Andrew Saunders

Web Team – Andrew Saunders, Heather Todd

Testing Team – Anne Shi, Heather Todd


Political Science Research Advisor

Kareem Crayton

Assistant Professor of Law and Political Science

USC Gould School of Law

kcrayton [at] law [dot] usc [dot] edu


Additional Game Design/Production/Writing

Max Geiger

Henry Goldberg

Greg Johnson

Richard Hodkinson

Art and Graphic Design

Art Director – Kurosh Valenejad

Character Design and Illustration – Sean Nadeau

Graphic Artist and Character Design – Rocky Almodovar

Graphic Artist – Mike Rossmassler

Website Design – Suzie Roth

Opening Animation

Script and Direction – Jeremy Bernstein

Animation – Brian Lee

Score and Sound Effects – Vince Diamante

Voice Over – Jeremy Bernstein

Design Consultant / Subject Matter Expert

Ben Sawyer, Digitalmill, Inc.

Additional Research:

Sonya L. Lebsack, J.D., Ph.D.

Co-Principal Investigator

Douglas Thomas

Associate Professor

USC Annenberg School for Communication

douglast [at] usc [dot] edu



Jonathan Aronson, Executive Director, USC Annenberg Center for Communication

Geoff Cowan, Dean, Annenberg School for Communication

Pierre DeVries, Senior Fellow, USC Annenberg Center for Communication

Public Relations Contact

John Zollinger

Associate Dean for Communications

USC School of Cinematic Arts

850 W. 34th Street

Los Angeles, CA 90089

(213) 740-9514

jzollinger [at] cinema [dot] usc [dot] edu

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Tim Bonnemann

Very nice! I’ve added this to our growing list of tools for participation on ParticipateDB: http://participatedb.com/tools/122

Do you know if any real redistricting project has made use of your tool as one way to educate participants about the issue? Would like to add those examples as well. Or I can set you guys up with accounts if you’re interested. Thanks!

Michael O. Johnston

No problem Tim. I wish I had that type of knowledge to be able to create a tool such as this. If I find any other government technology I will definitely share it. Have a great day!