The Redistricting Game

Various authors, USC Annenberg Center, Jun 21, 2007
Commentary by Stephen Downes

Designed by staff at the USC Annenberg Center for Communications and developed by programmers here in New Brunswick at Red Hot Learning, this exploration into political gerrymandering is a fantastic game, very intuitive and easy to play, one that pulls you in with its simplicity and then traps you with its complexity. First of all, I spent most of yesterday afternoon playing it. I have some minor issues - the transition of one level to the next is a bit ragged, and I would have wanted to get information inside the game while it is in progress (the concept of packing was new to me, for example, and it would have been a neat addition to fed me these resources as I tried to come up with my own redistricting). Still, I'm told "the game engine is designed to support a phase 2 initiative which would be to bring in live redistricting data and allow for the redistricting of actual states," which would be a nice enhancement.
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