Serious Games News

The Future of Health Care and the Independent Vote

Oct 01, 2013
Much like the general public, players of Budget Hero are split in their support for the Affordable Care Act, though two years of data from the game suggests many independents are choosing not to repeal the landmark health law and would even support including a government-run option.

Political Perceptions: Budget Cutting, the Videogame

Oct 25, 2012
Wall Street Journal Economics reporter and Wilson Center alum David Wessel writes a post about the serious game Budget Hero for the WSJ’s Washington Wire blog, featuring comments from Dave Rejeski and links to the game and the weekly Data Reports.

Another Game for Congress to Play

Sep 20, 2012
"'Budget Hero' is not quite “Angry Birds” — yet it will leave you squawking mad about the ruinous consequences of politicians’ failure to reach a debt agreement," writes Dana Milbank about the latest edition of the game that allows players to play out budget scenarios using the budget policies of President Obama and Governor Romney as well as the impending “fiscal cliff.”

What People Are Saying about Budget Hero

Sep 17, 2012
More than 1.3 million people have played Budget Hero, the popular serious game designed to help people of all ages understand the Federal budget and the trade-offs involved in the budgetary process. Here is a sampling of quotes from some of those players.

My Bright Idea: Jane Harman on Using Games to Fix Government

Aug 23, 2012
Jane Harman writes about the potential of serious games – like the Wilson Center’s own Budget Hero – to engage citizens in public policy and even fix our broken Congress in Bloomberg's "My Bright Idea" column.

Can Gaming Address Serious Issues?

Jul 27, 2012
Games are a great way to explore policy options because they allow the player to see both intended and unintended consequences of decisions, said Diane Tucker who directs the Center’s Serious Games Initiative. Tucker described important updates coming this fall with the Election Edition of the serious game Budget Hero.

“Budget Hero” Added to BrainPOP’s Free Resource for Top Educational Games

Jun 28, 2012
“Budget Hero,” the computer game, designed to help people of all ages understand the Federal budget and the underlying issues that shape it, is now offered on the free resource GameUp™, BrainPOP’s collection of cross-curricular game titles from leading publishers.

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