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All or nothing. This project will only be funded if it reaches its goal by Fri, August 23 2019 1:42 PM UTC +00:00.

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Online misinformation is destroying us

My name is Jay McGregor and I run an investigation journalism startup called Point. I started Point to help tackle the growing problem of online misinformation and the damage it's doing to society. Our game, Misinformer, is the next step.

Misinformer is a text based, detective-style mobile game that puts the player in the position of citizen journalist who has to crack a major misinformation-based conspiracy before an upcoming election.  

The game’s UI is that of a modern smartphone and the story unfolds in secure instant messages and fictional social media platforms - with a range of investigative tools appearing as apps to help debunk, investigate, track and sting your way to cracking the conspiracy.     

Use investigative tools to debunk fake news.
Use investigative tools to debunk fake news.

It has been developed to give players the  skills to weed out and refute fake news. From debunking faked viral images, to a data analysis tool that spots trends between bot accounts - players will use real-world tools to progress in the game whilst learning fake-news fighting techniques. 

Not your average video game

Misinformer will be constantly updated with new stories based on real journalism. Our journalism. 

As we publish a new story on our investigative journalism YouTube channel Point, we’ll give it to a script writer who will fictionalise our report and turn it into a downloadable update for the game. You will always get to play the news. Point's news. 

This is how we'll transform our journalism into game stories.
This is how we'll transform our journalism into game stories.

This is a gripping, suspenseful narrative-led game that features storylines taken directly from today’s news. 

Misinformer will also help Point, other small publications and other skilled freelancers keep the lights on. People who buy Misinformer will help fund the journalism that exposes Big Tobacco and stands up to predatory online scammers. 

MISINFORMER

Misinformer.
Misinformer.

Welcome to your dull, unfulfilling mandatory job as a moderator on the state-run forum: Conversely. It’s paid, at least, but the government's new Online Discourse National Service Programme has stationed you as moderator of a group about..... gardening. 

It's a black hole for fun. A place where any shred of entertainment goes to wither and die. 

Until the political spam turns up. 

It's just a few comments at first, but within minutes the group is flooded by images of red-eyed, horned politicians and wild headlines about devil worshipping celebrities.

This isn't supposed to happen, these state-run social networks were set up to stop misinformation. But it's happening right now. How? And why? Why would a sophisticated - and probably expensive - operation spam a group about gardening? 

You've been trained for this. You didn't pay attention during boot camp, but you have been trained. Now it's time to figure out who is behind the spam before you're blamed for the next election catastrophe. 

Cracking the conspiracy will take you down an increasingly complex rabbit hole that leads back to some unlikely, but important, people. 

About Point

In short time we've been around, Point has worked with publications like Engadget and Forbes on big stories, broke a lot of original stories and racked up millions of views in the process.  From exposing widespread manipulation on Reddit by large financial companies, to uncovering rampant child abuse on a $1 billion chat app - we're breaking news, not repeating it. Check out our channel to see what we're about. 

The Point team.
The Point team.

How we’re spending the money

The money raised from this campaign will go towards hiring one more developer to help build on the infrastructure of the game we’ve already built (with the unpaid help of Point’s very generous friend Russell). 

We’re also working with a very skilled UX and UI designer, who is also working their illustration magic on the visuals of the game. There's a lot more work to do and we'd like to hire them for the next few months to finish off version 1 of Misinformer

Risks and challenges

Building a video game isn't easy, there's a lot of planning, testing and you know, actually building the thing. We'll carry through our meticulous approach to journalism to building the game too, but there will be missteps along the way. One of which may be the release date - as is the case with our stories, we don't want to release something that isn't ready. So if by launch date the game doesn't live up to our high standards, then we'll push the release date back. We don't plan to do this, but we're more interested in getting it right than getting it out.

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