European Integrity Games

European Integrity Games

Using Interactive Fiction tools to encourage citizens to question notions of integrity, corruption, and fraud. 

www.europeanintegritygames.com

WHAT
is the aim?

To create Interactive Fiction single-player games on topics of integrity and corruption.

WHO
is involved?

6 European partners are brought together in an Erasmus+ funded Strategic Partnership.

WHEN
is it happening?

The program launched in September 2019 and will run until August 2022.

The Aim

The issues at stake: integrity, corruption, and fraud. The tool: Interactive Fiction.

These concerns permeate European society at every level, but are often difficult to pin down. How can we tackle these complicated and elusive problems?

The European Integrity Games proposes using Interactive Fiction tools to address these issues. Interactive Fiction games create a space of playful discovery, where new understanding and ideas can be found. Through interactive gameplay, players are immersed in narratives questioning integrity, giving them a tangible grasp on complex issues. 

3 Series

Integrity in the Digital Age

Could blockchain increase transparency?

Could e-governance prevent corruption?

What can we learn from the notorious case of the Cum-ex files?

New digital tools offer the possibility to both perpetuate, and break, cycles of corruption and fraud. In this series, we explore their role in the fight for integrity.

Episodes:

  1. Blockchain
  2. E-governance
  3. Cum-Ex Files

Governing with Integrity

How can governments aim for integrity?

How are they viewed by their own people?

What obstacles do security forces face while trying to work with integrity?

This series focuses on the difficulties faced by governments and forces of law trying to govern with integrity – and the factors which can lead to corruption.

Episodes:

  1. Corruption vs Perception
  2. Integrity in the Civil Service

Integrity in Food and Health

Where does your food come from?

Which health information is reliable? 

Do markets of health and nutrition function with integrity?

This series exposes the complex networks which bring us food and medicines, and tell us which to buy, and questions its mechanisms.

Episodes:

  1. Healthcare Communication
  2. Food Chains

2 Formats

Role-playing games

A role-playing workshop, possibly taking the form of an Escape Room, will be designed to place participants in direct contact with the tangible effects of corruption and fraud. 

Interactive Fiction

A single-player Interactive Fiction game which can be accessed online. The player’s choices will affect the outcome of the story, which is centred on integrity. 

The Partners

Timeline

September 2019

Program launch and initial meetings. 

November 2019

Kick-off meeting in Evora, Portugal. 

January 2020

Workshop at Sciences Po Paris. 

March 2020

Week-long mobility in Paris, hosted by La Transplanisphère. Filming and production of Interactive Fiction game. Publicity event at the OECD integrity forum. 

August 2020

Progress report for year 1, publication of process model for the design and development of the games. 

September 2020 – August 2021

Design and development of 3 more game episodes. 

September 2021 – August 2022

Design and development of final 3 game episodes.