“Why would you need to rig the voting machines if you’d already rigged the election by making votes safe?” – USC Professor Jonathan Aronson
“It’s the perfect game to create because real-world gerrymandering is already a computer game, played for high stakes by incumbants.” – USC Professor Douglas Thomas
The Redistricting Game, an early serious game to teach the basics of redistricting, was produced by USC’s Annenberg Center and The School of Cinematic Arts Game Innovation Lab in 2006-7. The game effectively simulates the complex processes of congressional redistricting, beginning with a responsive 2D map-drawing puzzle, followed by role-playing to usher the map through three branches of government: a vote by the state legislature, the Governor signature and, if challenged, the courts.
The Redistricting Game was officially launched in June 2007 in the U.S. Capitol Building with Representative John Tanner and ex-Senator John Anderson, both proponents of redistricting reform. As far as we know this is the first digital game to be launched in the halls of the US Congress. The game has been available online since 2007. Play The Redistricting Game* at www.redistrictinggame.org
*The Redistricting Game has been unavailable since December 2020 with the demise of FLASH although can be accessed through a number of Flash emulators.
An Appreciation of The Redistricting Game (Blake Esselstyn)
The CIVIC EDUCATOR: The Redistricting Game is the Best Gerrymandering Game
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National Council for the Social Studies: The ReDistricting Game: Teaching Congressional Gerrymandering through an Online Simulation Gam