12 de septiembre

In 2003, Gonzalo Frasca created ‘September 12th: A Toy World’, the first Serious Game to be considered a Newsgame, this means a game with journalistic purposes. This polemical Serious Game aims to create debate around the war against terrorism. However, the game alerts: ‘This is not a game. You can’t win and you can’t lose’. Absolutely true.

Since its release, ‘September 12th’ has been used as an example of Newsgame and Serious Game in every academic research on the topic. The reason is that this is the perfect match between telling something important to people and creating constructive debate using game’s mechanics.