Using games to bring youths into politics was the bet made by this team, winners of the Hackapress event held by Les Echos. Taking place a few months ago in Sciences Po, the event brought together journalists, students, and professionals to examine the theme of new relationships with the reader and the development of journalism as a profession.
“Moi President” emerged from this week-end, a serious game that invites readers to put themselves in the shoes of a presidential candidate and develop their economic program, following the news of the day. The player is guided in their choices through articles or videos from Les Echos, making decisions afterwards.
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This playful approach to politics comes out as well in “Fiscal Kombat,” a video game developed by supporters of the left-wing candidate Jean-Luc Mélenchon. In the style of Mortal Kombat, it takes up the issue of fraud in comparing Mélenchon to other political candidates, inviting players to virtually finance the candidate’s virtual campaign.
The latest video game of the presidential campaign
For the past several years, politicians have understood the benefit of this type of initiative in developing “marketing coups” and reflecting on how to develop a dynamic image for themselves when faced with a young electorate.