The Manipulator – educational game
Year of production: 2021
Manipulator is a game to reflect on one of the most sensitive issues currently: the proliferation of ‘ fake news’, misinformation and media manipulation. Players will need to work together to find out what news are fake.
Each player or team will have a stereotypical family role: the retired grandfather who believes all the news he hears while shopping, the teenager always connected to social networks, the typical brother-in-law who spreads every news he receives through the thousand WhatsApp groups he joined … In this scenario, all family members will need to collaborate and share what they know to discover what news are fake. But attention! The bets will be blind bets! Therefore, each player can make the other family members believe that (s)he will vote for one thing and end up doing something else for his/her own interest. Will the family cooperate for the common good? Who will end up winning in this family mess?
The great versatility of this game allows the players to make several rounds (30 minutes per round) of news (fakes or not) of different topics: immigration, environment, gender… You can even play with news (true and fakes) of your centre/place!