Interview sports games How We Made “Spot the Ball”

How We Made "Spot the Ball"

Even among the many wonderful World Cup interactives and news apps we saw this year, the NYT’s Spot the Ball was a standout, both in conception and execution. We spoke with the team behind it about the project’s design, world-class Photoshopping, and surprising inspiration.

Project dataviz games Finding the Story in 150 Million Rows of Data

Finding the Story in 150 Million Rows of Data

Al Jazeera America’s Joanna S. Kao on annotating and visualizing the Adobe database hack.

Event games hackathon The GEN Newsgaming Hackathon

The GEN Newsgaming Hackathon

Last weekend, ten teams participated in a competition to develop newsgames at Editors’ Lab New York, a hackathon organized by the Global Editors Network and The New York Times.

Combining the fantastical and playful aspects of gaming with hard news is a hard problem and there are few examples of well-conceived and executed newsgames. Thanks to the hack day, there are now a few more.