Tinder-styled game Factitious lets players swipe right for real news

Victor Barreiro Jr.
Tinder-styled game Factitious lets players swipe right for real news
Are you good at spotting the difference between news and fake reports? Test your mettle with Factitious!

It can be difficult to spot the difference between real news and fake reports. How do you determine which articles to trust and what to disregard as false?

One new game seeks to make it fun and easy to figure out the difference.

Factitious, developed by the American University JoLT team and the AU Game Lab, lets users test their mettle in 3 rounds of Tinder-swiping excercises: swipe left for fake reports, and swipe right for real news.

Players are given a condensed and edited version of an article coming from a specific site, with the source cited at the end of an article. They then choose whether the article is real or fake. 

REAL OR FAKE. This edited article comes from Adobochronicles.com. Is it real or fake? Screenshot from Factitious.

In the case above, the sourced story is from Adobochronicles.com. Is it real or fake?

FAKE. Good job on spotting the fake article. Screen shot from Factitious.

If you figured out it was a fake story, then you’d be correct. At the end of each round, the game tallies how well you’re able to spot fakes from the real deal.  

The articles are randomly chosen from a bank of write-ups, so your games may differ on subsequent start-ups. 

While you may be able to discern most of the fakes from a good look at the source, a quick check on Fact Check or Snopes may also aid you during the game if you don’t know all the different news outlets out there. 

The game is free to play on your browser right now. Test your mettle and give it a try. – Rappler.com

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Victor Barreiro Jr.

Victor Barreiro Jr is part of Rappler's Central Desk. An avid patron of role-playing games and science fiction and fantasy shows, he also yearns to do good in the world, and hopes his work with Rappler helps to increase the good that's out there.